Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 – a journey that turned him in to an American hero and a household name

By Tiare Dunlap
December 07, 2016 11:19 AM
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Astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn has been hospitalized.

Officials at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University confirmed that the 95-year-old had been hospitalized for more than a week to but did not provide further details about his condition, the Associated Press reports.

The exact illness that led to his hospitalization has not been revealed, although his health, including his eyesight, has been in decline over the past few years.

“[For] anybody who’s 95, any illness is always bad,” college spokesman Hank Wilson told Cleveland.com.

Glenn underwent heart valve replacement surgery in 2014 and suffered a stroke. He’s being treated at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State but that does not mean he has cancer, Wilson said.

Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 – a journey that turned him into an American hero and a household name. The former Marine pilot who served in World War II and the Korean War, followed his time at NASA with a 25-year career as a senator representing the state of Ohio. In 1998, Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space at age 77.

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