Richard Holbrooke, the veteran U.S. diplomat who was the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and perhaps best known for his role in negotiating an end to the war in Bosnia in the 1990s, has died.
On Friday, he was rushed to George Washington University Hospital with a tear in his aorta and underwent surgery on Saturday. He died today, at the age of 69.
Holbrooke, whose foreign service began in 1962 in Vietnam, had served every Democratic president since John F. Kennedy. After Bill Clinton's election in 1992, he served as U.S. ambassador to Germany and later as assistant secretary of state for European affairs, where he helped broker the Dayton Peace Accords.
He was brilliant and savvy, but he could also be combative and cantankerous; he had his admirers and detractors. In the latter years of the Clinton administration, he served as ambassador to the U.N. but only after a lengthy investigation into his business dealings stalled his confirmation. In 2008 he was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.