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Donald Rumsfeld death: US defence secretary under George W Bush dies aged 88

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Mr Rumsfeld served from 2001 to 2006 under George W Bush during the Iraq war. According to a statement, he passed away “surrounded by family in his beloved Taos, New Mexico”.

The statement read: “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.”

Former President George W Bush paid tribute to the late public servant.

Mr Bush praised Mr Rumsfeld as “a distinguished cabinet official”.

He wrote: “In a busy and purposeful life, Don Rumsfeld was a Naval officer, a member of Congress, a distinguished cabinet official in several administrations, a respected business leader – and, with his beloved wife, the co-founder of a charitable foundation.

“Later in life, he even became an app developer.

“All his life, he was good-humoured and big-hearted, and he treasured his family above all else.”

The 43rd President also sent Mr Rumsfeld’s family a condolence message on behalf of himself and his wife.

Mr Bush added: “Laura and I are very sorry to learn of Don’s passing, and we send our deepest sympathy to Joyce and their children.

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