Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state, has died of cancer, her family said Wednesday. She was 84.
- Albright helped lead Western foreign policy for the United States after the Cold War.
What happened: Albright’s family released a statement Wednesday that announced her death.
What they said: “She was surrounded by family and friends. We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend,” the family said in a statement.
Details: Albright worked under former President Bill Clinton’s administration, per CNN.
- She served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations before she took on the secretary of state role.
- Albright was a champion for NATO expansion, pushing for NATO to grow in order to “reduce the spread of nuclear weapons” and “stop genocide and ethnic cleansing,” according to CNN.
Worth noting: Former President Barack Obama awarded Albright with the Medal of Freedom, which is the highest honor for a civilian, per NBC News.