Rich Clifford, NASA astronaut who secretly flew with Parkinson’s dies at age 69

Michael “Rich” Clifford, who flew as a NASA astronaut on three space shuttle missions, including one after his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, has died at the age of 69.

Clifford’s death Tuesday (December 28) was confirmed by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), a professional organization for astronauts and cosmonauts, which included Clifford as a lifetime member. He died due to complications from Parkinson’s.

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