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Reverend Billy Graham dead at 99

Reverend Billy Graham attends Billy Graham Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony on October 15, 1989 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Reverend Billy Graham speaks on October 15, 1989. Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd. / WireImage via Getty Images

Evangelist preacher Billy Graham has died at the age of 99 from natural causes, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed to NBC News.

His impact: Graham served as a spiritual advisor to roughly a dozen U.S. presidents — and he made waves in the early 1950s by forcing churches to racially integrate for his services. He preached to an estimated 200 million people in 185 countries around the world during his life, according to the association’s website.