Evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

The world’s renowned evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham, has died at 99.

The charismatic North Carolina pastor who took his evangelizing crusades around the country and the globe, died on Wednesday morning, according to officials of his organization.

He wrote more than two dozen books. A family spokesman said he died from natural cause.

At times, he seemed to fill the role of a national clergyman. He read from Scripture at President Richard M. Nixon’s funeral in California in 1994, offered prayers at a service in the National Cathedral for victims of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and, despite his failing health, traveled to New Orleans in 2006 to preach to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.