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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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sara    

F A K E...they never went to the moon...thats why they don't go back, cause they can't.

767 days ago
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jetfanglo    

summer of '69........ahh,memories.....rest in peace.... see ya on the dark side of the moon

767 days ago
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TheMachine1    

This man is beyond celebrity he will be remembered thousands of years from now.

767 days ago
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Meggie24    

Thank you for that "one small step".

767 days ago
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Melissa    

Thank you Mr. Armstrong for making time stand still for a young girl in the summer of 1969.

767 days ago
51.

Throwback kid    

Reporting on actual news for a change instead of those horrible Kardashians is one small step for man, one giant step for TMZ!

767 days ago
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Sammwells Pariss    

in just meet ASTRONAUT CAPTAIN DICK RICHARDS AT THEE TOORANCE LIBRARY.. SAD TO HEAR ..

767 days ago
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Maggie    

RIP MR ARMSTRONG. He was in my town promoting a space project my f -in -law was working on. My husband being the goof ball asked him if he could photograph his feet. He laughed a hearty laugh and said "you'd be surprised how many times I've been asked that." Very nice man. A hero in my book.

767 days ago
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Maggie    

RIP MR ARMSTRONG. He was in my town promoting a space project my f -in -law was working on. My husband being the goof ball asked him if he could photograph his feet. He laughed a hearty laugh and said "you'd be surprised how many times I've been asked that." Very nice man. A hero in my book.

767 days ago
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ambelamba    

If moon landing was really faked then Soviet Russia would have exploited the situation. But that never happened. But it's also true that many moon photos were censored out. They indeed went to the Moon, but saw something we were never supposed to know.

767 days ago
56.

moveover    

CRISS? Repeat this phrase ... "Google is my friend."

767 days ago
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oink    

Took the Lie to the Grave. burn in hell.....

767 days ago
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customcalendars4u2    

Dammit and I didn't even get a chance to holler at him about all this unfinished Alien business I wanted to hear it straight from the horses mouth about what the hell is really going on,on the Dark side of the Moon! There is so much to learn & so much being hidden from us concerning space travel.

767 days ago
59.

namers    

Random, too bad you weren't "FIRST!" huh?

An American Hero, R.I.P.

767 days ago
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CelebJustice    

RIP Commander Armstrong.
Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends and to a grateful Nation.

The Eagle has landed

767 days ago
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