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Evangelist Billy Graham in Asheville hospital

Posted May 11, 2011 5:04 p.m. EDT
Updated May 11, 2011 5:06 p.m. EDT

Evangelist Billy Graham died on Feb. 21 at the age of 99.

— Evangelist Billy Graham, 92, was admitted Wednesday to an Asheville hospital.

In a statement, a spokesman for Mission Hospital said Graham had a "health episode" Tuesday night and was being treated for a pulmonary ailment.

Lucian Rice, Graham's primary care doctor, said, “He is resting comfortably and is fully alert.”

Despite his age, Graham is in overall good health, according to his staff. 

The man once dubbed "America's pastor" has receded from public life in recent years and spends most of his time with family and close friends at his Montreat home. President Barack Obama paid him a visit there in April 2010, and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited in 2009.