HOUSTON — Kermit Beahan, who dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and said he wanted the distinction of being the last man ever to use the device on humans, died after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 70.
Beahan died Thursday, a day after he underwent prostate surgery in a hospital in nearby Nassau Bay.
Beahan was the bombardier on the plane that dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city on Aug. 9, 1945, killing an estimated 70,000 people. Three days earlier, a bomb dropped from the plane Enola Gay had fallen on Hiroshima.