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Billy Graham called ‘world changer,’ ‘dear friend’ by celebrities, whose lives he touched

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A look back at the life and times of Billy Graham

Evangelist Billy Graham is dead at 99.

Celebrities are celebrating the life of ” America’s pastor,” the Ds. Billy Graham, who died at his home Wednesday at the age of 99.

Mucisians, TV personalities, athletes and more Instagrammed throwback photos, tweeted about their experiences and gave thanks for Graham’s “life and ministry.”

Graham’s legendary career began to take shape at the age of 16, when the Presbyterian-kept farm boy to Christ as a tent revival around Charlotte, North Carolina.

By his last crusade in 2005 in New York City, Graham had preached in person to more than 210 million people worldwide.

Some knew him personally, while others admired his work from afar. Here is a look at what some celebrities had to say about the preacher — one of the most well-known religious figures of his time.

 

Billy Graham. What an incredible life you had. Thanks for all your help and love. #angelssinginginheaven

A post shared by Reba (@reba) on Feb 21, 2018 at 6:06am PST

Condolences to Rev. Graham’s family, friends and all of America’s Pastor touched, a truly great man: Ds. Billy Graham, the prominent Christian evangelist to death, 99 https://t.co/N0aVVZWswN @Franklin_Graham #FoxNews #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs

— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) February 21, 2018

#BillyGraham humility and focus on Jesus is an example for everyone. He was not enthusiastic about the bldg of the museum b/c he wanted no credit. I was told when he walked by the first time, Franklin asked: “Daddy, what do you think?” He replied: “Too much Billy.” The world will miss him. pic.twitter.com/jfvgnPTMsW

— Missy Robertson (@MissyDuckWife) February 21, 2018

Here is to a life of service and spreading the good word! RIP Billy Graham pic.twitter.com/LYdfiyFBjf

— Matt Stillwell (@mattstillwell) February 21, 2018

What a life. I was able to see Billy Graham at a crusade at the Rose Bowl when I was younger, and I will remember it forever. Heaven rejoices now, and so are the thousands of souls he brought to Jesus. RIP https://t.co/nzo4bq3U4g

— Matt Barkley (@MattBarkley) February 21, 2018

Joy with my dear friend, Billy Graham. Without a doubt, the most beautiful man I have ever known. So grateful that I am among the millions that he led to faith in Jesus and the promise of eternal life.

— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) February 21, 2018

Thank you Billy Graham, for what you showed us about how to love.

— Bob Goff (@bobgoff) February 21, 2018

The world is darker today as Billy Graham and goes home. Thousands of souls clap in the Sky as he walks in and hears: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Perhaps the greatest man of the last 100 years. RIP World Changer

— Dave Ramsey (@DaveRamsey) February 21, 2018

On behalf of the Trimm family of companies and ministries, and I offer you our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Dr. Billy Graham has indeed left a legacy of compassion, honor, justice, and integrity; whose impact will transcend generations to come. #BillyGraham pic.twitter.com/msOVX3hidw

— Dr. Cindy Trimm (@cindytrimm) February 21, 2018

#RIP ds. @BillyGraham that has touched so many has passed and 99. We got to meet him with my mother and @DebRobertsABC in 2005 during his last crusade in #NYC pic.twitter.com/3sHlOMXQIC

— Al-Smoker (@alroker) February 21, 2018

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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