The first cosmonaut to fly into space twice, he died when the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed upon re-entry.
He was a test pilot.
He was in the first cosmonaut group, selected in 1960, and his first time in space was as Commander of Voskhod 1.
He was survived by his wife and two children.
He was a Soviet cosmonaut like Yuri Gagarin.