In a public ministry that lasted six decades, Graham became the most prominent American Protestant leader and arguably the most famous American Christian in the world. His public crusade meetings packed stadiums and made him an acquaintance of every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
Graham was last hospitalized in May, when he spent five days at the same hospital for pneumonia.
Earlier this year, his 30th book, "Nearing Home," a reflection on aging and mortality, was published. "I am certainly no expert on the subject of growing old, but now that I am gaining some experience, I have to admit that not all things get better with age," Graham wrote in the book.