There are many Neils and Armstrongs in the news as of late, so someone was bound to mess it up. NBC News was the first to report that astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong had died, but its website first accidentally called him Neil Young. Rocker Neil Young is perfectly alive. The iconic astronaut passed away Saturday at age 82, after he suffered complications from heart surgery. In 1969, Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the first ever to reach the moon.