Ruth Graham Slips Into Coma

A spokesman for the Billy Graham family says Ruth Graham slipped into a coma this morning and appears close to death.

Larry Ross, Billy Graham's personal spokesman, says Ruth Graham
is entering the final stages of life.

Ailing evangelist Billy Graham says he and his wife Ruth will be buried at the recently dedicated Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.

The 86-year-old Ruth Graham has degenerative osteoarthritis of the back and neck and is bedridden at their home in western North

In a statement, Graham says she is -- quote -- "close to going home to heaven" -- and for that reason he decided to make their plans public.

Graham says his wife is his soul mate and best friend. The couple met more than 65 years ago as students at Wheaton College near Chicago.

Late last year, news reports said the Graham family was feuding over where Ruth and Billy Graham would be buried. Graham had said he and his wife were making the decision together.