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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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31.

Jeanne Schramm    

Those of us who were alive at the time and heard his comment, heard "one small step for [nothing] man...." A lot of people think he said "a man....", which makes a lot more sense.

796 days ago
32.

Dale    

RIP Adam West's twin brother.

796 days ago
33.

Jeanne Schramm    

It wasn't easy to hear what Neil Armstrong's first words were -- because Walter Cronkite wouldn't shut up -- but many people, including me, heard ,,,,"one small step for [dead air] man...." Assuming that he probably said "a man" makes a lot more sense than "a small step for man" and following that with "giant leap for mankind."

796 days ago
34.

OmarTentmaker    

Those who listened to the broadcast may recall his first words, "It's soft; I can feel it with my toe."

796 days ago
35.

Joan K    

RIP, Mr. Armstrong, you will never be forgotten.

796 days ago
36.

lee    

First astronaut on the moon, first astronaut to sail beyond the moon. RIP.

796 days ago
37.

adhoc    

Godspeed Neil Armstrong

796 days ago
38.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

RIP to one of our great American icons!!

796 days ago
39.

junior204780    

sadly another legend gone
he opend the door to the future !
rest in peace mr armstrong !!

796 days ago
40.

Spoch    

RIP Neil

796 days ago
41.

MrHarrybawls2010    

Wow. First Prince Harry *moons* the camera.
Then 3 days later, the first person to land on the *moon* dies....

I just can't get over the irony of that.

796 days ago
42.

JustBobinNJ    

RIP, Neil Armstrong. You were more interested in being a quiet hero than you were in cashing in on your fame.

796 days ago
43.

Majestik    

R.I.P. The world lost another great one.

796 days ago
44.

Throwback kid    

Did anyone see the movie capricorn one? It was OJ Simpson's greatest acting role, I'm not kidding the Juice was great in this. He kind of played a black Neil Armstrong, in the movie landing on the moon was faked in a TV studio. To this day people still swear the moon landing was faked?

796 days ago
45.

Dean    

If he really walked on the moon . how comes he didn't suffer from any kind of illnesses ? The technologie wasn't good enough . They couldn't know what to expect being first always means making mistakes and taking risks . How could they develop a camara which would work in space against the heat and sun ?

796 days ago
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