Billy Graham, evangelist who reached millions throughout the world, dies at 99

The Rev. Billy Graham died Wednesday morning at the age of 99, according to a spokesperson for the family.

Graham died of natural causes in his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to the spokesperson.

Graham’s legacy included reaching millions of people through a traveling evangelical message.

He met and shared the message with everyone from Steve McQueen to each president since Harry Truman to millions of Americans.

He harnessed the influence of television with his simple but powerful message of salvation, reaching millions in a way no one had before. Experts estimate that through rallies, more than 200 million people had heard his message in person, and many more through radio and television.

Graham was born in 1918 on a dairy farm in Charlotte.