Apollo and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon and an accomplished artist, died Saturday at a hospital in Houston, Texas.
Bean, 86, suddenly fell ill while traveling in Fort Wayne, Indiana a few weeks ago, according to a family statement released by NASA.
Leslie Bean, Alan Bean’s wife of 40 years, said her husband was the strongest and kindest man she ever knew.
“He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly,” Leslie Bean said. “A native Texan, Alan died peacefully in Houston surrounded by those who loved him.”
He flew twice into space, first on Apollo 12 as the lunar module pilot, which was the second moon landing mission. On Nov. 19, 1969, Bean became the fourth human to walk on the moon.