Family says former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died at 88

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who served under two Republican presidents and led the Pentagon on 9/11 and the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has died at the age of 88, his family said Wednesday.

He was 88. 

“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.

His family said history may remember Mr. Rumsfeld “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.”

A one-time presidential candidate, Mr. Rumsfeld had a reputation as a skilled bureaucrat and visionary of a modern U.S. military. His status came under increasing criticism during the long-running war in Iraq, prompting his resignation to then-President George W. Bush.

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