Billy Graham’s daughter: Next 24 hours critical for husband found in pool

RALEIGH, N.C. — A former UNC basketball player from a championship team remains in intensive care Tuesday, and the coming hours could be critical, after he was found unresponsive in a pool at his home in Wake County on Monday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. at a home in the 5900 block of Ponderosa Road, said Capt. Stevens with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

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The home is owned by Daniel and Anne Lotz, according to Wake County property records.

Anne Graham Lotz is a daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham and founded AnGeL Ministries in Raleigh.

She discovered her husband, Dr. Daniel “Danny” Lotz unresponsive in the pool at their home, she wrote on Facebook Monday night.

On Tuesday morning, she posted on Facebook that Danny Lotz remains in intensive care. Late Tuesday afternoon, Lotz posted, “Danny is holding his own. The next twenty-four hours are critical and should give us some answers.”

She added, “This I call to mind and therefore I have hope; Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning… Lamentations 3:21-23.

“God’s faithfulness is great. We rest in His love and sovereign will.”

Dr. Lotz is a former dentist in the Raleigh area and a UNC-Chapel Hill basketball player who was on the 1957 team that won the NCAA championship.

Jim Young, who is a Graham family friend, told WNCN that Lotz is 78 years old.

Monday night, Anne Lotz posted a message on Facebook thanking people for their prayers.

He is currently in a hospital ICU receiving excellent care. There are no answers yet as to the outcome. The family is standing firm in faith, trusting Jesus. Thank you for your prayers.”
Young said Lotz has suffered from diabetic seizures for the past several years, and is on dialysis, which has required hospital visits in the past.

It’s unclear if his diabetes had anything to do with this near-drowning, Young said.

Young said Lotz leads a bible study every Friday with 80-100 men in Raleigh and he’s done that for the past 30 years.

Young is the President of Capitol Commission, which is a Christian outreach organization.

Steve Kirschner, a spokesman for UNC athletics, issued a statement Tuesday about Lotz.

“Our prayers are with Danny and his family. It was shocking to hear the accounts of what transpired on Monday. He’s a wonderful man and we are all hopeful that he will have a full recovery.”

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