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

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

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