http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=344630Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today.
He died this morning at the age of 88.
Sir Edmund became the first person to stand on Mt Everest, the world's highest peak, on June 2, 1953 — the day of Queen Elizabeth's coronation.
Another great passes into History ....
"Sir Ed described himself as an average New Zealander with modest abilities. In reality, he was a colossus. He was an heroic figure who not only 'knocked off' Everest but lived a life of determination, humility, and generosity."