November 30, 2011

Evangelist Billy Graham, 93, hospitalized

Associated Press
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In this Dec. 20, 2010, file photo, evangelist Billy Graham speaks during an interview at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A spokesman for the Rev. Billy Graham has been taken to a hospital near his home in North Carolina for treatment of his lungs.

Spokesman A. Larry Ross says Graham was admitted Wednesday to Mission Hospital in Asheville with congestion, a cough and slight fever.

A pulmonologist at the hospital said in a news release that Graham is being tested for possible pneumonia. The release said Graham was alert, smiling and waving to staff.

The 93-year-old evangelist served as an adviser to presidents and toured the world for his famous crusades. He now spends much of his time at home near Asheville and occasionally meets with Christian leaders and old friends.

He was last hospitalized in May for five days with pneumonia.

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