New Zealand bids farewell to Mount Everest conqueror Hillary

Nepalese Sherpas laid prayer scarves on Sir Edmund Hillary's coffin Tuesday as thousands across New Zealand bid farewell to the Mount Everest conqueror. An honor guard held ice axes aloft as his casket was carried through their lines. About 500 New Zealand and international dignitaries joined the Hillary family at a state funeral in St. Mary's Anglican Church in this northern city, while thousands gathered at big screen venues in cities nationwide to pay respects to Hillary. The enormously popular adventurer died of a heart attack on Jan. 11 at the age of 88.