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Saturday
Jun042011

Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger Passes Away

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger died on Saturday. He was 80.

Details about Eagleburger’s death were not immediately available, however, on Saturday several political figures expressed their condolences to Eagleburger’s family over the loss of the former statesman.

"With the passing of former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, our nation has lost a distinguished diplomat and public servant," President Obama said in a statement. "Through more than four decades of service, first in the Army and then as a dedicated foreign service officer and statesman, Lawrence Eagleburger devoted his life to the security of our nation and to strengthening our ties with allies and partners."

Eagleburger served as Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush, with the nation’s 41st president describing Eagleburger as being the "real deal."

"Larry Eagleburger was one of the most capable and respected diplomats our foreign service ever produced, and I will be ever grateful for his wise, no-nonsense counsel during those four years of historic change in our world," Bush said in a statement.

Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also issued a statement Saturday, describing Eagleburger as someone who believed in the strength of America’s values.

"Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger was a strong voice and stalwart champion for America’s values," Clinton said. "His passing is America’s loss."

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