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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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kitnplayn    

You are like sheep. This man was a fraud, and so was the Apollo 11 moon landing. It was filmed in a television studio, and he knew it.

725 days ago
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cherokeesky34    

This makes me so sad :( The Commander , in a time of turmoil, strife, fear, yet hope and high patriotism, took one step, and for that instant, united the entire world. He gave everyone of every age, something to believe in, something to be proud of, and something to stir the imaginations of countless people for the rest of time. How many people have that distinction ? Thank you Commander... signing off for now.

725 days ago
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Who Knew    

R.I.P. Gods Speed. May God bless your soul, a true American Heron. Thank you for all you have done.

725 days ago
79.

Kàt    

We will always remember, never to forget, the reluctant hero: Neil Armstrong.
Thank you Mr. Armstrong for the memories.
God Bless.

725 days ago
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Candie    

Thak You Mission Commander Armstrong ! Such a part of my childhood!

725 days ago
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Neil    

Here is an online memorial to Neil Armstrong - please feel free to light a virtual candle or send
virtual flowers - http://www.memorialmatters.com/memorials.php?page=NeilArmstrong

725 days ago
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Sally    

RIP to a hero - he leaves with with a great legacy. I will always remember how proud we all felt to have been the first to land on the moon. The space age days were a wonderful part of our history in the USA and we can always be proud of those who put us first. I was happy to have experienced watching the launch at Cape Kennedy.

725 days ago
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zzyzx    

A tasteful post by TMZ? Holy crap, the worlds gonna end!!!

725 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

You're further than the moon now. RIP Neil
..
Phishie from Philly

725 days ago
85.

Janis    

Vaya con Dios, Rocketman!

725 days ago
86.

Bob    

This man was a hero. I am sorry that he passed away too soon. He was so courageous. Would you have traveled to the moon more than 40 years ago? Or today, given the risks? My condolences to his family. This was a brave man that should be an example for everyone.

725 days ago
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Liss    

Why his autograph is worth so much????
You guyz are friggin morons, ya know that?
All the bull**** - post after post of NOBODIES- and, you have THIS to report on Neil Armstrong???

725 days ago
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Danny90029    

Aww =[

725 days ago
89.

Fibb    

You all don't believe we really walked on the Moon do you, c'mon people......

725 days ago
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3Storms    

And we have lost a true legend greater than that of any hollywood celebrity

725 days ago
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