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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Dies At 88

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Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense under former President George W. Bush and former President Gerald Ford.

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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld died Wednesday at the age of 88 in his New Mexico home.

Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense under former President George W. Bush and former President Gerald Ford. The cause of death has not been made public.

“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald Rumsfeld, an American statesman and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather,” 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 family said.

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Rumsfeld graduated from Princeton University and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served in a variety of roles thereafter, such as Chairman of the transition to the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. He last served as a member of the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission from 1999 to 2000.