Veteran Diplomat Richard Holbrooke passes away at 69

US diplomat Richard Holbrooke passed away late yesterday at the age of 69. He was an accomplished diplomat whom President Obama described as ‘a truly unique figure’. Holbrooke was in the news in the recent times due to his involvement in the AfPak region – as a special envoy of President Barack Obama.

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‘A true giant of American foreign policy’ is how Obama remembers Richard Holbrooke. The President of United States led the tributes that paid homage to the veteran diplomat, Holbrooke who is being defined as ‘brilliant and feisty’ 69 years old, served as the architect of the 1995 peace plan of Bosnia – his latest job came as President Obama’s special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“[He was] a truly unique figure who will be remembered for his tireless diplomacy, love of country, and pursuit of peace”, Obama quoted. Holbrooke earned nicknames like The Bulldozer because of his feisty, formidable style and was a force to be reckoned with on the international diplomatic circle.

He was admitted last week to the hospital after becoming ill at the State Department and received emergency heart surgery. He is survived by two sons, David and Anthony Holbrooke and his wife, author Kati Marton.

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