- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham has been taken to a hospital near his home in North Carolina for treatment of his lungs, a spokesman for the evangelist said Wednesday.

Spokesman A. Larry Ross said Mr. Graham was admitted Wednesday to Mission Hospital in Asheville with congestion, a cough and slight fever.

A pulmonologist at the hospital said in a news release that Mr. Graham was being tested for possible pneumonia. The release said Mr. Graham was alert, smiling and waving to staff.

The 93-year-old evangelist served as an adviser to presidents and toured the world for his famous crusades. He now spends much of his time at home near Asheville and occasionally meets with Christian leaders and old friends.

He was last hospitalized in May for five days with pneumonia.

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