Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dead at 82

Celebrity News Aug. 25, 2012 AT 3:30PM
Astronaut Neil Armstrong on Capitol Hill September 22, 2011. Astronaut Neil Armstrong on Capitol Hill September 22, 2011. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The First Man on the Moon is no more.

Neil Armstrong has passed away at the age of 82, his family said in a Saturday statement. As the leader of the Apollo 11 crew, the storied astronaut was the first human being ever to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, uttering the now legendary words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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"We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures," the family shared. "Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend."

After retiring from NASA following his return from the Apollo mission, Armstrong took up teaching at the University of Cincinnati, in addition to pursuing various business endeavors.

Mission Commander of Apollo 11 Neil Armstrong in July 1969.
Mission Commander of Apollo 11 Neil Armstrong in July 1969.
Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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He died just a few weeks after undergoing heart surgery to address a blocked coronary artery; he leaves behind his second wife, Carol Held Knight, whom he wed in 1994. Prior to meeting Knight, Armstrong was wed to Janet Shearon Armstrong for 38 years.

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