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Sir Edmund Hillary was born on 20 July 1919 in New Zealand and was a mountaineer and explorer. He became well known internationally when he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest and was well known later in life for his services to Nepal and was made an honorary citizen. He passed away as the result of a heart attack on 11 January 2008, shortly before he was due to leave Auckland City Hospital. Sir Edmund was 88 years old.
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