Well that sucks. Good man, did lots, loved by many, passed away this morning (Friday, Jan 11th).
Boy, he did pack a lot into his life time though! Hurrah for him, celebrations for his life
More info can be found here: http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1540133
Note: Sir Ed, a Kiwi (New Zealander), first to set foot on Everest with Tenzing Norgay.