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John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dead at 95

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(CNN) -- Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, 95, has died, according to Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Glenn was hospitalized more than a week ago at The James Cancer Hospital according to Ohio State University spokesman Hank Wilson.

On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Kasich released a statement memorializing Glenn:

"John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio's ultimate hometown hero," Kasich said. "And his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve. As we bow our heads and share our grief with his beloved wife Annie, we must also turn to the skies, to salute his remarkable journeys and his long years of service to our state and nation. Though he soared deep into space, and to the heights of Capitol Hill, his heart never strayed from his Ohio roots. Godspeed, John Glenn!"

Glenn had heart valve replacement surgery in 2014.

He became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.

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