The Rev. Billy Graham’s health has been declining this past week, says his son.
“My father’s health has declined quite a bit in last few days,” The Rev. Franklin Graham told WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., during a Christmas charity event at the Billy Graham Library. “I’m not even sure he knows Nelson Mandela has passed away. His vitals are good, but he’s just extremely weak.”
The legendary evangelist, 95, was hospitalized for two days in November with a respiratory illness, reports Fox News. He has been in ill health for several years, but this time, his son says his elderly father “just hasn’t been able to get his strength back.”
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Billy Graham is listed in polls as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World.” In his younger years, his famous Christian crusades took him all over the world to preach to more live audiences than any other evangelist in history, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. More than 215 million people in 185 countries have seen him in person, while millions more watched his messages through television, video, film and on the internet.
“My one purpose in life,” he said, “is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.”
In November, the elder evangelist released a personal message to America, posting the 30-minute “My Hope America” video special hours before his 95th birthday party. He had worked with a video crew over the past year on the project called “The Cross,” Graham worked with a video crew over the past year to record his personal message in a program called “The Cross,”