Billy Graham spoke for 10 nights at old Mile High Stadium in 1987

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DENVER — The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

Graham, who was dubbed as “America’s Pastor,” built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the U.S. He held summits and crusades around the world throughout his life — including some in Denver.

He spoke to a crowd of thousands at the old Mile High Stadium for 10 nights in July 1987.

Graham’s family said he will lie in repose two days next week. There will be a private funeral on March 2.

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