Everest legend Edmund Hillary dies

January 11, 2008 -- Updated 1335 GMT (2135 HKT)

Story Highlights

  • One of the 20th century's greatest adventurers has died at age 88
  • In 1953, Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach top of Mount Everest
  • Hillary devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of Nepal
  • Hillary's life marked by grand achievements, adventure, discovery, excitement