Sir Edmund Hillary, first to climb Mt. Everest, passes away

Sir Edmund Hillary
(Photo taken by Graeme Mulholland)

photo of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary is New Zealand hero. He is the first person who climbed Mt. Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953.

Besides climbing Mt. Everest he was a philanthropist helping the people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust.

While he was living, his face is depicted on the New Zealand five dollar note. While I was in New Zealand, I was told an anecdote that when Sir Edmund was asked for ID he pulled-out a five dollar bill.

News reports:
Sir Edmund Hillary passes away – One News, Television New Zealand
Sir Edmund Hillary dies aged 88 – TV3 News, MediaWorks New Zealand
Sir Edmund Hillary dies – Stuff.co.nz
Latest updates: NZ mourns Sir Edmund- New Zealand Herald
Hillary tributes flood world’s media – New Zealand Herald
Everest legend Edmund Hillary dies – CNN.com
Sir Edmund Hillary dies aged 88 – BBC News
Everest conqueror Hillary dies at 88 – MSNBC.com

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