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Neil Armstrong

Dead at 82

8/25/2012 12:19 PM PDT UPDATED: 8/25/2012 1:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825_neil_armstrong_getty_deadNeil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died today. He was 82.

Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a statement. It is not known where he died.

The statement from Armstrong's family said in part, "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."

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft, which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. During his three-hour walk on the moon's surface, he radioed back the famous line, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."



Armstrong married his current wife Carol in 1999 and lived in the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill. He stayed largely out of the public spotlight in recent years.

TMZ cameras caught Armstrong only once, back in 2009, where we asked him what celebrity he'd like to see in space and why his autographs is worth so much.

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16.

Criss    

That sucks! What did he die from? Had he been sick?

601 days ago
17.

the_truth_hurts    

the true is out there...we never went to the moon!!!

601 days ago
18.

qtπ    

Actually Neil said that he said " ..one small step for A man ..." . Not much of a lettering change, but a big difference in meaning.

601 days ago
19.

Jennifer    

Oh no! Sad, sad day! My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

601 days ago
20.

NiceGuy    

True American. So sad and shocked about his passing.
One giant step for all Americans today!I Still have the original moon landing newspapers as collectables.

601 days ago
21.

Dan Frederiksen    

he missed his chance to come clean about UFOs

601 days ago
22.

mindscapes    

Aldrin should have been first on moon, he has been an ambassador of space exploration.

armstrong has been a recluse.

601 days ago
23.

Keyser Söze    

Never believe in it... yet, a big thanks to him and the great production team behind "The moon landing" for making us dream the impossible (and implausible.)

RIP, sir.

601 days ago
24.

Phreaky    

RIP

601 days ago
25.

anonymous    

R.I.P Neil. Condolences go out to his entire family. So sorry for your loss.

601 days ago
26.

carmarhal    

Actually, the quote was, "That's one small step for *A* man, one giant leap for mankind."

601 days ago
27.

John    

RIP to one of the greatest American Pioneers..

I wonder if they will play Fly Me to the Moon at his funeral..

601 days ago
28.

ithoughtitwasgum    

rip sexy

601 days ago
29.

BC    

He will NEVER be forgotten. That man made some fantastic history! Not just US history but world history!

601 days ago
30.

moveover    

What a hero in every sense of the word. RIP, Mr. Armstrong.

601 days ago
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