Former astronaut, U.S. Senator and American hero John Glenn has died. He was 95 years old.
Glenn was surrounded by family at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where he had been admitted earlier this week.
“The Ohio State University community deeply mourns the loss of John Glenn, Ohio’s consummate public servant and a true American hero. He leaves an undiminished legacy as one of the great people of our time,” Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake said in a statement.
“John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve,” Ohio Gov. John R. Katich said in a press release. “As we bow our heads and share our grief with his beloved wife, Annie, we must also turn to the skies, to salute his remarkable journeys and his long years of service to our state and nation.”
Glenn is known for becoming the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space in 1962. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame member was the last surviving astronaut of the original Mercury 7 group, comprised of astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Deke Slayton and Scott Carpenter.
Before becoming an astronaut, he served in World War II and the Korean War. From 1974 to 1999, he served as the United States Senator for Ohio.
Glenn is survived by Annie, his wife of 73 years, son John David, daughter Carolyn Ann and multiple grandchildren.