Henry Kissinger (100) passed away

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Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, died on Wednesday at the age of 100.

“Dr. Kissinger, a respected American scholar and statesman, died at his home in Connecticut,” his consulting firm Kissinger Associates announced in a statement.

Kissinger’s family will hold a private funeral, with a memorial service to be held later in New York. The cause of his death has not been confirmed.

Still active after his 100th birthday, Kissinger traveled to China in July to meet President Xi Jinping. China is one of Kissinger’s most lasting legacies. He secretly reached out to Beijing during the Cold War, culminating in a historic visit by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

After Nixon’s resignation during the Watergate scandal, Kissinger served as Secretary of State as well as National Security Advisor under Nixon’s successor, Gerald Ford.

Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiations to end the Vietnam War, even though the conflict did not end immediately, while his North Vietnamese counterpart, Le Duc Tho, refused to accept the prize because there was still no peace in Vietnam was not.

“America has lost one of its most trusted and distinctive voices on foreign affairs with the passing of Kissinger,” former President George W. Bush said in a statement.

After the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Kissinger received praise across the American political spectrum for his negotiations between Israel and Arab states that defined shuttle diplomacy.

He succeeded in separating Arab forces from their Soviet patron, securing the role of the United States as the primary mediator and security guarantor in the region.

Kissinger is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years Nancy, 89, two children from a previous marriage and five grandchildren, his consulting firm said.