Sir Edmund Hillary has died. Aged 88 Sir Edmund died last night. He was the first man to climb the worlds highest mountain, Mount Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary had been suffering health problems since last April, apparently as the result of a fall in Nepal. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said that his death was a profound loss and described him as
“…an heroic figure who not only ‘knocked off’ Everest but lived a life of determination, humility and generosity.”
It’s sad to know that this brave man has now gone. Sir Edmund Hillary’s achievements show how the human spirit can endure the harshest conditions and still survive to help others who need help.
Sir Edmund Hillary
19 July 1919 – 10 January 2008