(Reuters) - Scott Carpenter, an early U.S. astronaut who orbited Earth in 1962, died on Thursday morning at age 88 of complications from a stroke, his wife Patty Carpenter said.
He passed away at a Denver hospice center he had entered a number of days ago after suffering the stroke, she said.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)
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