In this file photo taken on March 16, 2015 Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who was the first man to walk in space on March 18, 1965, gestures during his interview with AFP in Moscow. – The first to conduct a spacewalk, Soviet-era cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, has died in Moscow aged 85, his assistant said.

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Legendary Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space, passed away at the age of 85 after a lengthy illness, an informed source told Interfax.

“Regrettably, Alexei Arkhipovich [Leonov] has passed away,” the source said.

Leonov was the 11th Soviet cosmonaut.

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