Sir Edmund Hillary, the man who conquered Mount Everest has died at the age of 88. Known in Nepal as “burra sahib’ or ‘big man,’ Sir Edmund Hillary has passed away, may he rest in peace.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - 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.
Of course in more recent years Sir Edmund Hillary’s name became more well known for all the wrong reasons. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton actually forwarded the notion that he was her “name sake”. She would finally admit she lied.
Gateway Pundit: Hillary Clinton’s Namesake Dies At 88
For years Bill and Hillary Clinton claimed that Hillary was named after the famed mountain climber.
It was a lie.
It was later discovered that Hillary was born six years before the famous climb up Mount Everest.