John Glenn’s death: What people are saying

Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn died on Thursday in Ohio. He was 95 years old.

 John Glenn in Cape Canaveral, Fla., before his flight into space on Feb. 20, 1962. Glenn, who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Dec. 8, 2016. He was 95. (NASA via The New York Times)

John Glenn in Cape Canaveral, Fla., before his flight into space on Feb. 20, 1962. Glenn, who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Dec. 8, 2016. He was 95. (NASA via The New York Times)

Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth in 1962. Upon his return and retirement from space exploration, he represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate from 1974 to 1999.

Later, he became the oldest man in space when he traveled on the Space Shuttle Discovery as a payload specialist in 1998.

Glenn had been in declining health for some years. In June, The Associated Press reported he said he lost some of his eyesight from macular degeneration and a small stroke.

He was hospitalized Wednesday, but the reason for said hospitalization was not clear.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 73 years, Anna, and their children Lyn and David.

An Ohio native, Glenn died at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Shortly after his death, remembrances and tributes to his legacy appeared on Twitter from Ohio representatives and politicians and others.

Here’s a sampling of what people had to say about the passing of John Glenn:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich called Glenn “Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero.”

Texas politicians also offered their memories and tributes to the late senator and astronaut.

Ohio State University president Michael Drake said in a statement that Glenn “leaves an undiminished legacy as one of the great people of our time.”

Ohio politicians in particular had fond memories of Glenn.

And everyone else simply marveled at all that Glenn accomplished in his life.

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