By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn died on Thursday in Ohio. He was 95 years old.

Glenn was surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus when he passed, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Officials at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University said Wednesday that Glenn was hospitalized, although the reason for his hospitalization was not immediately clear.

Glenn’s health was in decline in recent years. During an event earlier this year in Columbus, Glenn said he had lost some of his eyesight because of macular degeneration and a small stroke, The Associated Press reported.

Glenn in 1962 became the first American to orbit the Earth. From 1974 to 1933, he represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate.

Astronaut John Glenn dies at 95

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