News: First Man On Moon Neil Armstrong Dead At 82, President Barack Obama Reacts

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 6:35PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The first man to walk on the moon nearly 45 years ago, Neil Armstrong, has passed away at the age of 82 from medical compilcations this weekend.

Details of his untimely passing hit the Internet Saturday (August 25) afternoon.

Neil Armstrong was a quiet, self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved U.S. pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who entranced and awed people on Earth has died. He was 82. Mr. Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said Saturday. It didn't say where or when he died. (Wall Street Journal)

Armstrong passed away just weeks after turning 82 years-old.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday. His family reported the death at 2:45 p.m. ET. A statement said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. News of Armstrong's death was first reported by NBC's Jay Barbree. (NBC News)

President Barack Obama, amongst numerous high-profile celebrities, has reacted to the unfortunate news.

"Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time. Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step. -bo," he tweeted Saturday. (President Barack Obama's Twitter)

The late United States hero is most known for walking on the moon over 40 years ago.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions. His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and in the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said. In those first few moments on the moon, during the climax of a heated space race with the then-Soviet Union, Armstrong stopped in what he called "a tender moment" and left a patch to commemorate NASA astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action. "It was special and memorable, but it was only instantaneous because there was work to do," Armstrong told an Australian television interviewer this year. (Fox News)

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