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Billy Graham released from hospital

Posted at 4:39 PM, Nov 21, 2013

(CNN) — The Rev. Billy Graham returned home Thursday, two days after he was admitted to a hospital for pulmonary-related tests and observation.

“Mr. Graham was alert and in good spirits during his stay,” said William R. Hathaway, chief medical officer at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. “We are pleased with the results of Mr. Graham’s evaluation.”

Graham, who lives in North Carolina, celebrated his 95th birthday on November 7.

He was admitted to the same hospital last month for similar tests.

Graham has provided counsel to generations of U.S. presidents beginning with Harry S. Truman. Staging revivals that he called “crusades” around the world, the founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has reached untold millions of people in person.

A Charlotte native, Graham began his missionary work in 1944 when he started speaking at rallies for the Youth for Christ/Campus Life ministry. Five years later, he was holding a “crusade” in tents in downtown Los Angeles.

CNN’s Eric Marrapodi and Phil Gast contributed to this report.