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    Frank
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    Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealander who was first to climb to top of Mount Everest, dies
    By RAY LILLEY
    Associated Press Writer

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ Sir Edmund Hillary, the unassuming beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest to win renown as one of the 20th century’s greatest adventurers, has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced Friday. He was 88.

    The gangling New Zealander devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of Nepal and took his fame in stride, preferring to be called “Ed” and considering himself just an ordinary beekeeper.

    “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,” Clark said in a statement.

    “The legendary mountaineer, adventurer, and philanthropist is the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived,” she said.

    Hillary’s life was marked by grand achievements, high adventure, discovery, excitement — and by his personal humility. Humble to the point that he only admitted being the first man atop Everest long after the death of climbing companion Norgay..

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    Bucho
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    I don´t mind saying my eyes got a little watery. One of the greatest of all the New Zealand good bastards. Like the piece said, a legendary but humble collosus.

    - Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.

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