TAOS, NM – According to a family statement, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, has died.
Rumsfeld was 88 years old.
The family’s statement reads, “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. At 88, he was surrounded by family in his beloved Taos, New Mexico. 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.”
According to Rumsfeld’s spokesman Keith Urbahn, Donald Rumsfeld’s death was caused by multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in plasma cells.
Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford and again under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006.
Donald Rumsfeld was key in the response to the September 11th terrorist attack.