By Mark DeCambre
Published: Dec 8, 2016 3:37 p.m. ET
John Glenn, former astronaut and U.S. senator for Ohio, died at 95. Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth in 1962 and later served for a quarter-century in the U.S. Senate, running in 1984 for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. He was admitted to the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University more than a week ago, according to CNN. He is survived by Annie, his wife of 73 years, according to the Columbus Dispatch. A cause of death was not immediately given.
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(CNN)John Glenn, a former US senator and the first American to orbit the Earth, died Thursday, according to Ohio State University. He was 95.
It was announced Wednesday that Glenn had been hospitalized "more than a week ago," according to Ohio State University spokesman Hank Wilson. He was at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University, but his illness was not disclosed.
Glenn had heart valve replacement surgery in 2014.
President Barack Obama released a statement paying tribute to Glenn.