Trailblazing first female US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dies, age 84

Mar 24, 2022
Groundbreaking diplomat Madeleine Albright has passed away, age 84. Source: Getty Images.

The first female United States (US) Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, has died of cancer, age 84.

The groundbreaking diplomat served as the 64th US Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton

In a statement, Albright’s family confirmed her passing while paying tribute to “a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.”

“We are heartbroken to announce that Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, the 64th US Secretary of State and the first woman to hold that position, passed away earlier today,” the statement read.

“The cause was cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends.”

Albright’s commitment to public service was celebrated by several political figures following her passing.

Former US President Barack Obama posted a tribute to “a truly remarkable woman” on his Twitter page.

Fellow former Head of State George Bush issued a statement in which he expressed that “Laura and I are heartbroken by the news of Madeleine Albright’s death.”

“She lived out the American dream and helped others realize it,” the statement said.

British media personality Piers Morgan took to social media to honour the “trailblazing politician.”

Former US President Bill Clinton, who worked closely with Albright considered her “an extraordinary human being.”

Albright was born in 1937 in Prague and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1948.

Following Clinton’s victory in the 1992 presidential election, Albright helped assemble his National Security Council. In 1993, Clinton appointed her to the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a position she held until 1996 when she made history as the first female Secretary of State. Albright served in the top role until Clinton left office in 2001. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Albright is survived by her three daughters.

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