Former Ohio Senator John Glenn has been admitted to The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, also served four terms as a U.S. Senator. In 1998, at 77-years-old, Glenn returned to space, becoming the oldest person ever travel to space.
The 95-year-old former Marinewas hospitalized more than a week ago, a spokesman for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs said in a statement to NBC. Glenn suffered a stroke two years ago after having heart valve replacement surgery, but it was not clear what caused him to be taken to the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State. It is also not clear exactly what the cause of death is at this time, but at 95 year old, it’s likely of natural causes.
A source close to the Glenn family confirms that Glenn, 95, has been hospitalized since late last week and that he is gravely ill. His family has been with him since that time.
Hank Wilson with Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs said Wednesday that Glenn is at the James Cancer Hospital, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he has cancer.
Wilson said he didn’t have other information about Glenn’s condition, illness or prognosis.
Glenn apologized for his poor eyesight this year at the renaming of Columbus’ airport after him. He said then he’d lost some of his eyesight because of macular degeneration and a small stroke.
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