U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke,69, has died after undergoing surgery to repair a torn aorta. Holbrooke was President Obama’s envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Holbrooke was in critical condition Monday after 20 hours of surgery. He was sent to the hospital on Friday after collapsing in a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Holbrooke was a vital part of the American diplomacy. He negotiated the 1995 Bosnian peace agreement that ended the bloody conflict. He was nominated for a Nobel Prize for his work. "He is simply one of the giants of American foreign policy," Obama said on Monday. Clinton added, "He has given nearly 50 years of his life to serving the United States." Holbrooke also received calls from the Presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan while in the hospital.
Holbrooke was survived by his wife Kati Marton and her two children from her previous marriage to Peter Jennings.