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RIP Sir Edmund Hillary

In News on January 11, 2008 at 10:11 am

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Another legend passes:

A state funeral is to be held for Sir Edmund Hillary, who died this morning from a heart attack, aged 88.

In a statement, his widow, Lady Hillary, indicated the family thought such a funeral appropriate, “recognising the impact [Sir Edmund] has on all New Zealanders”.

Lady Hillary said Sir Edmund died peacefully in Auckland Hospital at 9am today after his heart gave out.

He had been in hospital since Monday but was due out and had been looking forward to coming home.

“He remained in good spirits until the end.”

At the family’s Remuera home this afternoon, step-daughter Susan Hayman also said Sir Edmund was in “high spirits” prior to his death.

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