Madeleine Albright, the first woman US secretary of state under President Bill Clinton, died from cancer Wednesday at 84 years old, according to a statement from her family.
“We are heartbroken to announce that Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, the 64th U.S. Secretary of State and the first woman to hold that position, passed away earlier today,” her family said. “The cause was cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends. We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.”
Albright first served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations before becoming Secretary of State during the Clinton administration.
“At the time of her death a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, part of Dentons Global Advisors, chair of Albright Capital Management, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, chair of the National Democratic Institute, chair of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, and an author,” her family said.
“She founded the Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, served as a lifetime trustee of The Aspen Institute, and was a member of the chapter of the Washington National Cathedral.”
National radio host Todd Starnes told listeners, “We want to offer our thoughts and prayers to the Albright family.”