Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized
Billy Graham delivers a message during one of his crusades at Flushing Meadows Park, New York, in 2005.
August 12th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized

By the CNN Wire Staff

Updated Monday 5:30 a.m.

(CNN) - Evangelist Billy Graham was admitted to a hospital overnight for treatment of a pulmonary infection believed to be bronchitis, a North Carolina hospital and his evangelistic association said.

"Upon admission, he was alert and in good spirits," said the statement, which was released both by Mission Hospital in Asheville and the The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The 93-year-old also was hospitalized for pneumonia last November, six months after similarly being admitted to a hospital for the same condition. Since then, he has remained "in good overall health ... though he continues to remain at home due to age-related conditions," according to the hospital and the association.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Billy Graham • Christianity

soundoff (479 Responses)
  1. BLOCKthisCOMMENT from Satan's right hand man

    See ya in hell ..... azzhoe

    August 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  2. Ruby

    He is a modern day Moses. God has used him to great lengths to spread the Good News to the broken and the lost, in turn our Lord as honored him with long life. Thank you for your honorable service Mr. Billy Graham! Get well soon.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • tony

      Why not pray for him to "ascend" like Moses did. That would fix so many of the belief issues right there.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Bertrand Russell, notorious atheist lived to 97. Was God honoring him with long life. too?

      August 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  3. Billy Fan

    His preaching always lifted me and made me feel the love of God.

    He is a good faithful man of God who has a place in heaven!

    August 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Muffin Guy

      He is a hot piece of tail as well. I know lots of men that have been with him.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • tony

      I prefer what Mother Theresa actually did. No nice big house and comfort for here. And what she experienced of "god's help, made her into an atheist eventually

      August 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • sam stone

      i heard his preaching, too. all i thought was "who is this man to claim he speaks for god"?

      August 13, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  4. Reality99

    I beat off to Hitler every day.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  5. brandonj

    It's just Karma for all the time and energy he's been spending lately trying to repress LGBT people. If he would simply have his beliefs and mind his own damn business, maybe he wouldn't get sick like this.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • truth be told

      the good man is in his 90's an age you will never see.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • tony

      Religious folk get just as fatally ill as much and as often and as on-time as non-believers. Despite the tremendous disparity in how many people claim they pray for them.

      But thinking isn't allowed in that camp.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Michael

      Sounds like someone is bitter here.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • sam stone

      truth be told: you have no crystal ball.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  6. davi hernandez

    Come on those peoples that believe o. Another human being.they r stupid.
    They brainwash thethe stupid ones and they live out collecting money or go see
    Where he lives.better where those people that believe. On him

    August 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  7. Mr Dope Man

    Looks like AIDS has finally caught up to him. He should not have taken it from behind so much.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Michael

      Go back to your cell Dope Man.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  8. me

    How sad it is that so many do not know Christ and what he can do in your life as displayed on this board with so many negative remarks about Christianity. Billy Graham has done so many good things in his ministry and all without anything derogatory on his record. Praying for you Dr. Graham and thank you for the truths that you teach and being a living testament and example of your teachings.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • tony

      He apparently felt that he could advise politicians, but still take the tax exemption.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • DonnerParty

      Listen to the Nixon tapes released by his presidential library.Billy Graham and Nixon are sitting at the desk discussing their dislike of Jews and Blacks.Then when Graham goes back out in public,he's all about "brotherhood"It's enough to make you sick.The tapes are posted on youtube if you have your doubts.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • sam stone

      billy graham advocates denying a group of people their civil rights.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  9. DonnerParty

    Oh,so now you like science huh?

    August 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  10. davi hernandez

    Who cares about this theaf.its take him for ever to go under six feet u der ground.or he wants people to feel sorry for his.
    Ass so they can donate money and leave his family rich.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Reality99

      There is a reason you live with your crackho mother in a trailer.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  11. Mclark

    Who is paying for his health care?

    August 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Reality99

      He is... unlike leeches like you.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Robert

      He is worth about 25 million dollars on which he has paid ZERO taxes unlike the rest of us who have to pay his share also! Still a freeloader after all these years and sheeple are still stupid enough to send you money!!

      August 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • tony

      The holy collection plate.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • atroy

      He is......with the money he's leeched of of thousands of gullible sheep over the past 70 years.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  12. Matt

    Funny how god is so great until you need some real help

    August 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Anita

      God is even greater when you DO need help. He is closer than the beat of your heart, and He cares. We live in a fallen world but we are promised He is with us even the storms.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • tyteflows

      The beats of your heart and the breath you take are gifts he gives you every second. Do you ever thank him for those? Or only assign blame when He doesn't?

      August 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • tony

      He wasn't with the innocent 100,000's including so many poor, women and children, in the recent Tsunamis. That absence, alone confirmed my Atheism

      August 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  13. imvotingforobama

    I remember watching him. He is the last of the great preachers because he actually just preached and didn't rely on flashy gimmicks. The Archangels will be standing at attention and saluting when he arrives in Heaven.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • DonnerParty


      August 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  14. Eddie

    I thought he believed in god and church .Why did he go to the hospital ? He needs to pray if he really believes the BS he always preached

    August 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Anita

      If you knew God, you would not ask the question......

      August 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  15. Godoflunaticscreation

    Im surprised they didn't just heal him with the power of prayer? I guess deep down these people know they are being had or else they wouldn't come running to doctors to heal them with Science, whenever they take ill.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Eddie

      I agree .....

      August 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  16. independent jim

    Not dead yet but when he goes there will be another Evangelical antisemite and bigot going straight to hell .. good riddance to this kind of christian hypocrit

    August 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Eddie

      You hit the nail on the head .They preach to get money ,Spend like the devil and get ill just like everyone else...

      August 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • jp

      He preached the good news and did not spread hate.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Tim Jordan

      Yeah, the good news is that he's created a lavish lifestyle conning people into believing nonsense. Why do all these preachers have their own jets and a fleet of limos while people starve? It's the same game that has been played since folks figured out what a great racket it is telling people they're going to hell because they don't believe idiocy.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • sam stone

      jp: he advocates denying a group of people their civil rights.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  17. GonzoG

    I disagree with his politics–but I respect him as a person.

    I hope he gets to feeling better.

    Glad to see he's still pretty spry for 93.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  18. Tim Jordan

    Telling weak minded adults and children they're eternally damned because they don't say the magic words of the Sinner's Prayer is not something a rational person would want to be remembered. Graham has spread hate and lead a 1% lavish lifestyle. Is this really what Christ would want?

    August 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Barb

      I've seen him in a couple of cities and he only preaches what he believes in. He doesn't push anything on anyone.
      Any speaker that has lived as long as he has would have a little money. He has always helped a lot of people. He is a great speaker. He feels called to do what he does.
      He was speaking at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV when the MGM caught fire early the next morning. He was there when people really needed him. The center was made into a makeshift rescue center, he was there. 80 people were killed and the ones at the convention center i'm sure were happy to see a friend there.

      I like him. He is cute and nice too. I love his crusades.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • faye62

      You don't have a problem with Billy Graham, you have a problem with God. Evangelist Graham has only preached what God says in the Bible and it's not to spread hate, it's to let you know how to receive salvation and to go to live with Him forever. If you read the Bible ,God is pretty straight forward about what'll happen to you if you choose to do your own thing or do things His way. Even on Earth there are rules to adhere to......Billy Graham did not write the Bible. I pray you have a speedy recovery Mr. Graham. Peace

      August 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • faye62

      Atheism is a belief also and it requires faith to believe that there is no God. Why do you criticize someone else for believing what they choose when you also have a religion yourself? That's hypocritical... Both faiths have fruits; no God breeds hate, bitterness, strife, etc while we have love, joy, peace, etc. This is evident is the comments here. Read them if you don't believe me.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • sam stone

      faye: atheism is not a belief in no god as much as it is no belief in a god.

      based on you example, it would take faith to belief in no leprechaun, or no bigfoot, or no flying spaghetti monster.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • sam stone

      i have no problem with god. i have a problem with pompous a$$es who purport to speak for god.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  19. AGuest9

    Ironically, he was taken to a hospital, rather than a church.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • imvotingforobama

      God gave man the knowledge to heal themselves, why would He care if we go to hospitals?

      August 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • andy

      I had a splinter the other day. God told me to go to the office and grab the darn tweezers to pull it out, not to pray for it. He is quite practical. Prayer is for things we can't personally affect.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • faye62

      Tell it again, Andy...(lol) The truth rings so true..............(lol)

      August 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  20. therealpeace2all

    While I am adamantly opposed to a lot of his beliefs and actions, etc... I still wish him good health and well-being.


    August 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
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