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News now on Fox News Channel Fox News has now confirmed from a senior official.
That Richard Holbrooke who was President Obama is special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Our senior White House our senior Washington correspondent Jim Angle is live in DC tonight Jim what do we know.
-- -- this is tragic news obviously he was meeting with secretary of state earlier this week.
Are in recent days and experience of difficulties it turned out to be a torn way -- -- I was obviously taken the hospital he was.
Surgeons worked on -- he was in critical condition.
Just this afternoon -- President Obama -- praised -- with his family looking on after the president met privately with his wife and children.
The president noted that Holbrooke had been serving the nation for nearly fifty years listen.
There Richard Holbrooke has been serving this nation with -- station for nearly fifty years.
From a young foreign service officer in did in Vietnam.
To the architect of the cords that end of the slaughter in the Balkans.
To advancing our regional efforts as our special representative to Afghanistan.
And Pakistani and countless.
Crises and hot spots in between.
He is simply.
One of the giants of American foreign policy.
And as anyone who's ever worked -- knows.
Had be clear disadvantage.
Negotiating across the table from him.
Richard is relentless.
He never stops.
He never quits.
Because he's always believed that if we stay focused if we act on our mutual interest that progress is possible.
Wars can and peace can be forged.
Now that's obviously President Obama.
Paying tribute to Holbrooke.
Just this afternoon ship when he was still under doctors care.
He said they talked about how tough Holbrooke was they were obviously hoping he would recover.
That obviously did not happen Richard whole book Holbrooke the special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Dead at age 69 -- leadership it's did this evening after suffering a ripped a -- just a few days ago you know I got.
Jim it's my understanding he endured twenty hours of surgery we've heard multiple reports from people who were close to this.
That he was literally putting up an incredible fight but I suppose -- torn aorta.
Under these circumstances was just more than modern medicine to tackle.
-- and tell you how tough he was he was meeting with members of his team.
After that surgery just hours ago.
Meeting with members of this Afghanistan Pakistan team and talking to them so he was as the president said a very tough -- -- Jennifer great Jim stay with us if you would -- Jennifer Griffin is on the road with -- is on the road tonight as as we've mentioned a short time ago and is streaming live from Guatemala City on assignment tonight the Jennifer I know.
You've known Richard Holbrooke for quite some time and them out of work that he's done for the American people.
In an effort to make these wars -- out.
Is is is extraordinary very least.
Will absolutely -- if you go back to win.
Richard Holbrooke has been essentially serving the State Department cents.
President Kennedy his finest moment was perhaps during the Dayton peace accord is -- -- which ended the Bosnian conflict.
He was working at that right hand of secretary of state Madeleine Albright he would always aspired to be secretary of state himself it was a job that eluded him.
But when secretary of state Hillary Clinton took over.
And became secretary she appointed him to be her special envoy out to Pakistan Afghanistan.
And you'll remember that.
Holbrooke had it his ideas are really formed during the Vietnam era and he had long argued.
During national security meetings has a documented in Bob Woodward's book Obama's wars.
Richard Holbrooke was often arguing -- they were formulating that Afghan strategy.
To avoid Vietnam and so he often was he he wasn't put in charge of that would be basically.
The conflict in terms of how Pakistan Afghanistan related to -- -- -- kept arguing during that period.
That really you couldn't solve so in those situation in Afghanistan without taking Pakistan into account he it was also -- well documented and Bob Woodward's book.
-- Richard Holbrooke felt a little bit as though he won -- dominion was not taken into account.
Hoffman during those meetings he felt like he would even have this.
John this relationship with the President Obama he felt like his opinion sometimes Mark -- But he was a crucial adviser to secretary of state Clinton his relationship to the clintons went back to the period.
Again when he was negotiating the into the Bosnian conflict he was appointed by Bill Clinton at that time -- and and our course.
Jonathan -- worked -- a quite a lot on that on the Bosnian accords and it is very familiar with that work and Jonathan that was.
Difficult -- It was an extraordinary achievement under any circumstances whatsoever -- I remember the last days in Dayton Ohio back in 1995.
All of that those negotiations and nobody thought a deal was going to come together until the very last minute.
I remember all of us -- being told by all our sources it's just not going to happen.
But right up until the last minute Richard Holbrooke was shuttling from room to room.
Talking to each of those bodies in a manner in which only he was perhaps capable a truly tough -- and eventually he brought -- -- that deal.
It was and as he was also remember the man who delivered the final ultimatum to Slobodan Milosevic before the bombing.
The NATO bombing of Serbia began over the Kosovo campaign he was a very -- tough man.
Tributes paid to him by everybody I was interested in reading Joe Klein in time magazine -- Who said that if you -- become a good friend of Richard Holbrooke.
And said quite poignantly I think -- -- dealt with Radovan Karadzic and Slobodan Milosevic surely -- -- A -- male I aorta is possible sadly Richard Holbrooke.
That was one fight to fox.
In addition to all that the Bosnian peace plan he certainly was an architect of -- one of the writers the Pentagon papers.
He's is forceful style in the -- earned him a number of nicknames including the bulldozer or raging bull.
Jennifer Griffin he was a fighter like few ever for this country.
Absolutely in fact he was known.
For his mercurial temperament.
He had a terrible temper it's not surprising that that she ended up having this this heart trouble frankly knowing.
Knowing what strong -- -- has this couldn't come at a more.
Difficult time for the president as you know -- He is in the midst of receiving reports from his military commanders General Petraeus as well as admiral Mullen and the -- -- And the state department for -- basically the Afghan review that was supposed to take place in December that is likely why.
Richard Holbrooke was meeting with his staff at his hospital bed because these are crucial hours in crucial days has the president decides the way forward in Afghanistan.
And Richard Holbrooke wanted his voice to be heard.
In that debate.
-- I know I -- that he was very much looking forward to that because these are very crucial times for this country for that matter for the rest of the world.
We're expecting something from the family shortly arena.
I think we will get -- from the -- -- of -- I said President Obama had met with them privately before paying public tribute to him.
Just earlier this evening one of the interesting things about Holbrooke -- is that he was a secretary of state in waiting for quite some time.
He was a key foreign policy adviser for John Kerry when he was running for president -- a foreign policy adviser for Hillary Clinton when she was running for president.
Head either one of those people become president Richard Holbrooke -- very -- very -- very likely have become the secretary of state.
It was a job for which he was uniquely qualified.
Having -- all the things we've talked about here.
A man who was always -- to step into that spot but it was not to be because the people -- we advised.
Did not quite get elected and he never got that chance instead Hillary Clinton became the secretary of state.
And he became a special envoy for her and for president Obama's ship.
Which is just -- this as an urgent Holbrooke 69 had 21 hours of emergency surgery from Friday into Saturday morning.
In an attempt to repair that tear in his -- aorta artery carrying blood obviously from the heart.
He was listed in critical condition the White House adviser David Axelrod described him yesterday.
As fighting for his life and then later yesterday he had more surgery in an attempt to improve his circulation.
Quoting now he's surrounded by his family friends and colleagues and staff.
That was yesterday at the State Department they've now confirmed to Fox News Channel of his death Holbrooke is survived by two sons David and Anthony.
Plus his wife of fifteen years the journalist and author Katie -- On Saturday the president described him as a towering figure in American foreign policy a critical member of his Afghan and Pakistan team.
And the tireless public servant.
Who has won the admiration of the American people and people around the world the hard charging Holbrook a well known -- American diplomacy.
Has helped broker peace accord in Bosnia was a key player a key policymakers on the Afghan Pakistan situation.
His death came just before the administration was to release this new assessment.
On the war in Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke was taken to George Washington hospital after he became ill on Friday while he was working nearby State Department headquarters.
According to at least one report he was in his office of -- or in the office of the secretary of state Hillary Clinton when it happened.
Obama and Clinton had been to visit his bedside along with -- admiral Mike Mullen the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Thomas -- one.
Obama's National Security Adviser.
A man with a long career both in and out of service Richard -- -- Brooke was described by the Washington Post -- and I quote.
A gifted diplomat and a ruthless negotiator with a knack for getting his way.
Among his many positions in addition to the current one where US ambassador to the United Nations US ambassador to Germany assistant secretary of state for Europe.
A six that -- secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs.
He was also the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia.
Outside the government Richard Holbrooke held senior positions at -- Wall Street firms Credit Suisse first Boston.
Where he was a vice chairman and Lehman Brothers where he's managing director he also wrote to antiwar.
A memoir of the Dayton experience.
Andy co -- present -- adviser Clark Clifford memoir counsel to the president.
He was born on the 24 of April in 1941 here in New York City.
Graduated from brown was the foreign service was in foreign service in Vietnam he was the peace corps director in Morocco was managing director.
Of Foreign Policy Magazine before becoming assistant secretary of state for east Asian and Pacific affairs in the Jimmy Carter administration.
He was appointed special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009.
And tonight Richard Holbrooke has died after a valiant effort to save his life.
-- Jim Angle in Washington this at the beginning was thought to be.
At the very beginning something very routine and and I think by.
What I guess late Saturday into early Sunday it it became clear that if he did win this fight it would be against the odds.
Well that's right shipped by here he when he was with the secretary of state he became flushed and his face -- started having some difficulties was taken to hospital.
Where they discovered.
How serious his problems were and as you said 21 hours of surgery later.
-- it is it its amazing.
That someone who had gone through that would then just hours ago will be meeting with his staff at this critical juncture.
In the considerable consideration of what happens next in Afghanistan.
It is a testament to his -- a man who spent his entire adult life in public service he was a diplomatic force to be reckoned with.
He will be missed by this administration ship and.
Indeed you will Jim Angle live in Washington and our thanks to Jonathan Hunt our chief correspondent for The Fox Report.
And Jennifer Griffin who was live with us tonight from bottom -- a small city -- while we were --
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