Famed evangelist Billy Graham, who preached to millions around the world, has died at the age of 99

**FILE**Billy Graham, right, arrives with his son, Franklin Graham, left, for a memorial service for Ruth Graham in Montreat, N.C., Saturday, June 16, 2007. Billy Graham's work as a pastor to presidents is coming to an end, but he is praying for Barack Obama as the nation's next leader begins his work, Graham's son said Friday on the aging evangelist's 90th birthday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Famed evangelist Rev. Billy Graham died at his home in North Carolina of natural causes at the age of 99, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed on Wednesday.

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Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday morning.

Graham reached more than 200 million through his appearances and millions more through his pioneering use of television and radio. Unlike many traditional evangelists, he abandoned narrow fundamentalism to engage broader society.

Graham was married to his wife Ruth from 1943 until her death in 2007 and they had five children together. Graham is survived by 19 grandchildren, and many great-grand children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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