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Monday
Dec132010

U.S. Diplomat Richard Holbrooke Has Died at 69

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, 69, died Monday after suffering a torn aorta.

Earlier Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who relied on Holbrooke as her top aid for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said he was  "stable but still in very critical condition" following an emergency surgery over that weekend that lasted 20 hours to repair the tear in his aorta.

President Obama spoke Monday before news of Holbrooke's death about the diplomat's nearly 50 years of service to the U.S., saying, "He is simply one the giants of American foreign policy.  And as anyone who has worked with him knows, or has had the clear disadvantage of negotiating across the table from him, Richard is relentless.  He never stops, he never quits."

According to Democratic sources, Holbrooke gasped and was clearly in medical distress when he fell ill on Friday while meeting with Secretary of State Clinton. He was said to have walked out of her office unassisted before he was tended to by medical personnel at the State Department and transported to the hospital.

Holbrooke is survived by his wife Kati Marton and her two children from a previous marriage to Peter Jennings.

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Sunday
Dec122010

Obama: Critically Ill Holbrooke 'Towering Figure' in American Foreign Policy

Photo Courtesy Georges Gobet/AFP/Getthy Images(WASHINGTON) -- Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke remained critically ill in a Washington hospital Sunday morning, two days after suddenly becoming sick after a meeting at the White House. He was at the State Department, meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday afternoon when he began showing symptoms of illness.  A State Department official told ABC News the secretary "made him go" to the State Department's medical office but he collapsed on the way and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital.

Ambassador Holbrooke was in surgery for 20 hours Friday night into Sunday morning to repair a torn aorta.  ABC News has learned that doctors were able to repair the tear, but the surgery took so long because it was difficult to stem the bleeding.  Holbrooke was listed Sunday in critical but stable condition at George Washington University Hospital.  Holbrooke has a history of heart trouble.

President Obama issued a statement, calling Holbrooke a "towering figure in American foreign policy."  Mr. Obama said Holbrooke is a critical member of his Afghanistan and Pakistan team and a "tireless public servant."  The president said he spoke with Holbrooke's wife and both Mr. Obama and the first lady are praying for Holbrooke's recovery.

The White House will unveil its review of the U.S. role in Afghanistan on Thursday, a process in which Holbrooke played a key role.

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Saturday
Dec112010

Envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke in 'Critical' Condition

Photo Courtesy - Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke was in critical condition in a Washington hospital Saturday morning with his family gathered around him.  Holbrooke underwent surgery early in the morning to repair a tear in his aorta.

Holbrooke, who was hospitalized for heart trouble earlier this year, became ill Friday afternoon during a meeting at the State Department with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  He gasped and was obviously unwell.  He was able to walk out of the meeting and was treated first by medical personnel at the State Department.  Holbrooke was then taken to George Washington University Hospital for treatment of what was initially believed to be a blood clot.

Ambassador Holbrooke was expected to participate in the administration's rollout of its review of operations in Afghanistan on Thursday.  ABC News has learned that the review is essentially complete but it appears unlikely Holbrooke will be well enough to take part.

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Friday
Dec102010

Ambassador Holbrooke Treated for Bloodclot after 'Medical Situation' at the State Department

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke was meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when he suddenly gasped and clearly suffered some sort of medical situation.

He is said to have walked out of her office on his own power and was tended to by medical personnel at the State Department before being transported to George Washington University Hospital where he was to be treated for a blood clot.

Earlier Friday, US Department of the Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske announced that Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner was also admitted to GWU Hospital. This morning Geithner was admitted for treatment for a kidney stone.

“He will have a minor surgical procedure this afternoon to remove the kidney stone, and his physician expects that he will be discharged tomorrow with orders to rest this weekend,” Adamske said. “He has been told that he should be able to return to work on Monday.”

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