1st man on moon, Neil Armstrong dies at 82
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Famed United States (US) astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon, has died following complications from cardiovascular surgery, his family said on Saturday. He was 82.
Armstrong underwent cardiac bypass surgery earlier this month after doctors found blockages in his coronary arteries.
Praising Armstrong as a "reluctant American hero," his family said they were heartbroken and in a heartfelt tribute noted that the space pioneer had "served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut."
"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," they said in a statement.