Richard Holbrooke Dies at 69

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, took part in a discussion on International security in the southern German city of Passau on November 12, 2010 (ARMIN WEIGEL/AFP/Getty)

Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has died at the age of 69, after undergoing heart surgery.

In a statement on Monday, President Barack Obama honored Holbrooke as "a true giant of American foreign policy." The president also praised Holbrooke's diplomatic work in Bosnia and with the United Nations.

"He was a truly unique figure who will be remembered for his tireless diplomacy, love of country, and pursuit of peace," the president said.

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