The world is mourning the death of Neil Armstrong, the US astronaut who made “one giant leap for mankind” when he became the first man to walk on the moon according to CNN. He passed away yesterday (August 25th) at the age of 82.
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures,” Armstrong’s family said in a statement.
Armstrong underwent heart surgery this month.
“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,” his family said.
Members of the hard rock/metal community have reacted to this tragic loss:
Nigel Glockler (SAXON) – “Have just heard the sad news, RIP Neil Armstrong, who whose words ‘The Eagle has Landed’ inspired not only our song but millions of people around the world.
MARILLION – “Last night the world lost Neil Armstrong. For our generation, perhaps the ultimate hero. We have the great good fortune to have known him and we will mourn the passing of not just a great man, but a thoroughly decent and thoughtful bloke. Our thoughts are with his family.”
SLEEP – “Rest in peace Neil Armstrong.”
CANDLIGHT RED – “R.I.P. Neil Armstrong….your memory will live on!”
HEXVESSEL – “Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But he was the first, and he will remain the foremost in our hearts. For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind. Rest In Peace Neil Armstrong 1930-2012.”
MORTAD – “Neil Armstrong, the man who walked on the moon in “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” has passed away! Please share with your condolences!”
Watch the CNN report HERE.