Everest Conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary Dies
The first man to climb Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, has died at his home in New Zealand. He was 88.
On the mountain, the first assault team that tried to reach the 8848m summit was driven back by altitude sickness.
Hillary, who was renowned for his fitness and speed, was chosen along with Sherpa Tenzing to try next.
As he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay descended from the May 29 attempt on the mountain, Hillary told fellow climbers: "We knocked the bastard off."
Clark said that the passing of Hillary was a profound loss to New Zealand.
"My thoughts are with Lady Hillary, Sir Edmund's children, wider family, and close friends at this sad time," Clark said in a statement.