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Evangelist Billy Graham released from hospital

MONTREAT, N.C. -- Evangelist Billy Graham was released from a North Carolina hospital after a bout with pneumonia, a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Graham, 93, returned to his home in Montreat, N.C., after a six-day stay in the hospital.

"I am grateful for the many thoughts and prayers expressed by individuals across the country and around the world during my stay at Mission Hospital," Graham said in a statement.

Graham has suffered from several ailments in recent years. He was admitted to the hospital last Wednesday night after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever that was later diagnosed as pneumonia.

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