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The first man to land on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has passed away at the age of 82.
The former U.S. astronaut’s family has confirmed on Saturday that Armstrong died and released the following statement:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures," the statement reads, Reuters reports. "Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.”
NBC was the first to report on the story, however, they reported that it was actually Neil Young who had died. Young is, in fact, alive and well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC News’ Jay Barbree had been notified by former astronaut Tom Stafford. Armstrong’s wife had called Stafford to tell him the unfortunate news.
Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969 and had tried his best to avoid the public eye after that. He led the Apollo 11 spacecraft and told those back on Earth the historic line "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
His successful landing on the moon in 1969 was his last flight. He later became NASA's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics and a year later became a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati.