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Danny Lotz, husband of Billy Graham’s daughter Anne, has died

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Danny Lotz and Anne Graham Lotz (Credit: WTVD)

Former UNC basketball star Danny Lotz has died after being found unresponsive in his backyard pool Monday afternoon, according to the family.

He was 78 years old.

Lotz was the husband of Anne Graham Lotz, evangelist Billy Graham’s daughter.

Emergency crews were called to a possible drowning call at the Lotz residence on Monday afternoon.

Anne Lotz found her husband unresponsive in their pool around 3:45 p.m., according to a previous post on her Facebook page.

Gov. Pat McCrory released the following statement Wednesday on Lotz’s passing:

“Ann and I were saddened today to hear the news about the death of Danny Lotz. Danny was a champion in so many ways. First as a member of UNC’s 1957 undefeated national basketball championship team and then later in life as his faith led him to be a strong supporter and mentor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as 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.”