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Evangelist Billy Graham being treated in North Carolina hospital for bronchitis

Billy Graham, the 93-year-old Southern Baptist minister, was admitted to a North Carolina hospital overnight Sunday for a lung infection. NBC's Lester Holt reports.

Updated at 4:17 p.m. ET: Evangelist Billy Graham is being treated at a North Carolina hospital for bronchitis, officials said Sunday.

Graham, 93, was admitted overnight to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., near his home in Montreat, for evaluation and treatment of a pulmonary infection. He was resting comfortably Sunday and his condition was stable, the hospital said in a statement.


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Billy Graham, seen here in 2005, has been admitted to a hospital in North Carolina for treatment of a pulmonary infection.

David Pucci, the pulmonologist treating Graham, said earlier that Graham was being given antibiotics.

"This morning, Mr. Graham watched his grandson, Will Graham, on television preaching at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C. Later, he enjoyed a visit from his daughter, Gigi, and one of his grandchildren. They ate lunch together and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon," Graham's spokesman, A. Larry Ross, said in a statement.

Graham was previously hospitalized for successful treatment of pneumonia in November. He resumed his ongoing program of physical therapy and normal activity shortly after his release, according to his staff.

Graham was expected to remain in the hospital for several days, Ross said. No date has been set for discharge.

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The most well-known and influential American preacher of the 20th century, Graham traveled the world and was the confidant of a dozen presidents. Take a look back at his life and career.

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