Donald Rumsfeld, a Pentagon leader who oversaw the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, died on Tuesday in his home in New Mexico at the age of 88.
He passed away from multiple myeloma, according to reports.
The Washington Post noted the “defense secretary under President George W. Bush. Mr. Rumsfeld was initially hailed for leading the U.S. military to war in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but his handling of the Iraq War eventually led to his downfall.”
His family said in a statement, “History may remember him for his extraordinary accomplishments over six decades of public service.
“But for those who knew him best and whose lives were forever changed as a result, we will remember his unwavering love for his wife Joyce, his family and friends, and the integrity he brought to a life dedicated to country.”
The Associated Press said, “Rumsfeld is the only person to serve twice as Pentagon chief. The first time, in 1975-77, he was the youngest ever. The next time, in 2001-06, he was the oldest.”
Rumsfeld achieved much during his lifetime, especially through his military service. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, three children and seven grandchildren.