Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died, his family announced on Saturday, August 25, 2012. He’s 82 years old and lived in Cincinnati.
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures,” Armstrong’s family said in a statement.
“While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves,” his family said.
Mr. Armstrong’s family praised him as a “loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.”
“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job,” the family said. “He served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot and astronaut.”
Facts courtesy of Wikipedia:
Neil Alden Armstrong was an American NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States Naval Aviator, and the first person to set foot upon the Moon.
Died: August 25, 2012
Born: August 5, 1930, Wapakoneta
Children: Eric Armstrong, Mark Armstrong, Karen Armstrong
Education: University of Southern California (1970), Purdue University (1947–1955), Blume High School (1947)
Spouse: Carol Held Knight (m. 1994), Janet Shearon (m. 1956–1994)
Parents: Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong