Manly tears will be shed.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died. He was 82.
Considered a hero to many the world over, Armstrong was granted honors from 17 countries, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Born in Ohio in 1930, Armstrong served as a naval pilot at 19 -- the beginning of a long, impressive aerospace career that changed history as we know it. Upon his moon landing, he stated, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
A statement from Armstrong's family suggests his death was caused by complications of recent heart surgery. The family also left the world with this advice:
For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.
Joe Kubert, legendary DC Comics artist and Sgt. Rock co-creator, died today. He was 85.
Beginning his work in the '40s, Kubert left an indelible mark on the industry and continued to do so, most recently with his son Andy on Before Watchmen: Nite Owl.
He was also the founder of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, and has another son, Adam, who is a prolific artist for Marvel.
Rest in peace, Joe.
Joel Goldsmith, the legendary composer who scored over 350 episodes of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 54.
Goldsmith, the son of Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, got his start in sci-fi movies like The Man With Two Brains, but his best-known work was in TV. He was nominated for three Emmys for his work on Stargate.
He also contributed music to his father's score for Star Trek: First Contact, and had recently started scoring video games, including Call of Duty 3.
Stargate stars, including Richard Dean Anderson, paid tribute to Goldsmith on Twitter today. Anderson wrote, "Dear Joel, Heaven sounds so much sweeter now... But we'll forever miss you here. Play on, Friend... Rick."
Actor Jonathan Frid, best known for playing vampire Barnabas Collins in late '60s-early '70s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, died of natural causes on April 13 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 87.
Frid's performance as Collins inspired Johnny Depp's take on the character in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows remake, which opens May 11.
"I do remember, very vividly, practically sprinting home from school in the afternoon to see Jonathan Frid play Barnabas Collins. Even then, at that age, I knew – this has got to be weird," Depp said.
After the show was cancelled, Frid made regular appearances at Dark Shadows conventions, and appeared on the big screen in Oliver Stone's first film, 1974's Seizure.
His final screen appearance was a cameo in the Burton version of Dark Shadows.
Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and a key figure in the early history of video games, passed away on Sunday at age 83.
A survivor of the concentration camps at Auschwitz, the Polish-born Tramiel emigrated to the U.S. in 1947 and started a typewriter business that evolved to make calculators and eventually computers.
Tramiel and Commodore launched one of the first successful personal computers, the Commodore 64, in 1982.
When he was forced out of Commodore two years later, he bought the consumer division of Atari, rescuing the iconic game maker from the video game crash of 1983 and pitting Atari's consoles against the home computers made by his former company.