- Madeleine Albright’s family has confirmed her death.
- The first woman Secretary of State has died.
- She was 84 years old when she died of cancer.
Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as US Secretary of State, died Wednesday at the age of 84, her family said in a statement. Albright was head of the State Department from 1997 to 2001, according to Efe.
“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 today,” her family said in a statement posted from her official Twitter account and reviewed by Mundo Hispánico.
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“The cause was cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends. We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend,” the statement continued. Despite becoming the first woman to serve as Secretary of STate, she was not born in the US.
According to her family, Madeleine Albright was born in Prague. She came to the United States in 1948 as a refugee according to what her family revealed. “She rose to the heights of American policy-making, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012,” the family said.
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Her birth name was Marie Jana Korbelova, according to a statement released by her family. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, the nation’s highest civilian honor, according to the statement reviewed by the Mundo Hispánico team.
“A tireless champion of democracy and human rights,” reads the emotional statement published on March 23. At the time of her death, she was a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, according to the announcement.
Madeleine Albright’s long career
Madeleine Albright was president of Albright Capital Management, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the National Democratic Institute, the US Defense Policy Board, and an author. The news of her death immediately gained international prominence for her role in US diplomacy.
She also founded the Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College and served as a life trustee of the Aspen Institute, according to her family’s statement. She also helped direct US foreign policy after the cold war.
The last message from the former Secretary of State
“From Kabul to Kyiv and beyond, women and girls are on the front lines in the fight for freedom and human dignity,” the famous former Secretary of State wrote on March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day.
“On this #InternationalWomen’s Day, my heart goes out to all those who fight for a better, peaceful and more egalitarian future,” she tweeted. She was also a member of the Washington National Cathedral.
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