Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon and the man who inspired a generation of people, has died aged 82. Armstrong, an icon of the 20th Century, died in Cincinnati, Ohio, following complications after heart surgery earlier this month, his family have said.

Since the news of his death broke, the Internet and newspapers worldwide have been practically buzzing with tributes to him, with President BARACK OBAMA leading the tributes. In an official White House statement, the president couldn't have put it any better when he said, "Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time. Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step."

His Apollo 11 co-workers Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins have also paid their respects, with Mr Aldrin saying he was "very saddened" at the news of the death of his "good friend." Meanwhile Collins, Apollo 11's command module pilot, added that Mr Armstrong "was the best, and I will miss him terribly."

Clearly, Armstrong's legacy touched just about everyone, with celebrities from all across the board paying their tributes to the late spaceman, with rapper-cum-reggae artist Snoop Dogg tweeting "RIP to my Unk Neil Armstrong! Stay High" and Barcelona footballer GERARD PIQUE tweeting simply "RIP Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon."