U.S. President Donald Trump was among world’s prominent men who mourned the death of Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday after he called the evangelist “a very special man” who will be dearly missed.
Trump as usual took to his twitter handle to honour the evangelist saying, “The GREAT Billy Graham is dead,”
“There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”
Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at age 99.
Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina, spokesman Mark DeMoss said.
Vice President Pence called Graham “one of the greatest Americans of the century.”
“Billy Graham’s ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his matchless voice changed the lives of millions,” Pence said.
“We mourn his passing but I know with absolute certainty that today he heard those words, ‘well done good and faithful servant.’ Thank you Billy Graham.”
Former President George H.W. Bush referred to Graham as “America’s pastor” and recalled Graham visiting his family in Maine, where they would take boat rides and “talk about life.”
“His faith in Christ and his totally honest evangelical spirit inspired people across the country and around the world.
“I think Billy touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths, because he was such a good man. I was privileged to have him as a personal friend,” Bush said.