"Sir Edmund Hillary, the lanky New Zealand mountaineer and explorer
who with Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa guide, won worldwide acclaim in
1953 by becoming the first to scale the 29,035-foot summit of Mount
Everest, the world's tallest peak, has died, New Zealand Prime
Minister Helen Clark announced Friday in Wellington.
He was 88."
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