Sir Edmund Hillary dies at 88

Sir Edmund Hillary has died aged 88.

Regarded by many as one of the greatest New Zealanders in the country’s history, he shot to international stardom when he was the first man to scale Mt Everest in 1953.

He famously said of the ascent, carried out with with sherpa Tenzing Norgay: “We knocked the bastard off.”

In recent years his health had been failing but he made a final visit in January 2007 to Antarctica, the scene of another of his triumphs.

He was made a knight of the Order of the British Empire in 1953 and, 42 years later, the Queen bestowed on him her highest honour – a knighthood in the Order of the Garter.

Source: NZ Herald ».

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