August 25 2012
© 2012 New York Times News Service

Neil Armstrong, who made the “giant leap for mankind” as the first human to set foot on the moon, died Saturday. He was 82.

His family said he died of complications “resulting from cardiovascular procedures.” He had undergone heart bypass surgery this month in Cincinnati, near where he lived. The family did not say where he died.

In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama said, “Neil was among the greatest of American heroes.”

“And when Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time,” the president added, “he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.”

A quiet, private man, at heart an engineer and crack test pilot, Armstrong ma...

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