The son-in-law of evangelist Billy Graham and the husband of Anne Graham Lotz has died at the age of 78.
Danny Lotz was found unconscious in the couple’s backyard pool on Monday afternoon. Paramedics were able to revive him, but he passed away shortly before noon Eastern time on Wednesday.
Anne posted on her Facebook page that her husband of 49 years experienced serious health issues during the latter part of his life due to complications from Type 1 diabetes. He was “chief among the King’s mighty warriors” and was nicknamed “God’s Gladiator,” she wrote. Despite his significant health challenges, he “never stopped investing in the lives of others.”
He was God’s man who triumphantly finished his race having fought the good fight, and having kept his faith firmly focused on the kingdom of God first. He moved to our Father’s House on August 19, 2015 and received the accolade of his Savior, Lord, and King who presented him with the Crown of Righteousness. We salute you, Danny Lotz. And we will never forget you.
Danny, 6′ 7” tall, was a basketball star at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, playing as a sophomore forward on the 1957 national championship team. UNC issued a statement regarding his passing:
The University of North Carolina and the Tar Heel basketball program extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Danny Lotz. He was a true gentleman and beloved member of our Tar Heel family… Danny and his teammates permanently etched their names in the history books as members of the undefeated 1957 national champions, but his positive impact on people went far beyond basketball. Our prayers go out to the Lotz and Graham families and all of Danny’s friends, colleagues and teammates.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory released a statement which said Danny’s “faith led him to be a strong supporter and mentor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and…a dedicated Bible study teacher. He was truly a North Carolina legend. We send our prayers to his wife Ann and the rest of their family in this truly difficult time.”
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