Rest in peace, John Glenn.
The famed astronaut and former US senator died on Thursday, Dec. 8 surrounded by family in Columbus, Ohio, according to a statement released by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He was 95-years-old.
“John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve,” Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich said in a Twitter statement. “As we bow our heads and share our grief with his beloved wife, [Annie Glenn], we must also turn to the skies, to salute his remarkable journeys and his long years of service to our state and nation."
John in January 1962. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Though he soared deep into space and to the heights of Capitol Hill, his heart never strayed from his steadfast Ohio roots. Godspeed, John Glenn!” the message continued.
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John became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He again made history when he returned to space at age 77 in 1998. John held office as a US Senator from Ohio from 1974 until 1999.
He is survived by his 96-year-old wife and their two adult children, Carolyn, 69, and John, 70. Our thoughts are with the Glenn family during this difficult time.
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