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Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger dies at 100, leaving behind a complex legacy

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Kissinger known for his role in the Vietnam war, passes away at his Connecticut home

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Henry Kissinger, former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, passed away at the age of 100 on November 29, 2023, at his home in Connecticut. His death was confirmed by Kissinger Associates Inc., though the cause of death has not been publicly disclosed.

Born in Germany, Kissinger fled the country in 1938, later joining the Army and becoming a CIC Special Agent. His political career took off in the 1960s when he became a foreign policy advisor to Nelson Rockefeller. Kissinger gained prominence as National Security Advisor under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, later adding Secretary of State to his portfolio.

Kissinger’s legacy is deeply entwined with his role in the Vietnam War. Despite receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his contributions to the Paris Peace Accords, he faced criticism for the fall of Saigon in 1975 and allegations of war crimes related to the secret bombing of Cambodia.

In a statement, former President George W. Bush praised Kissinger’s distinctive voice on foreign affairs and expressed gratitude for his service and friendship. Kissinger leaves behind his wife, Nancy, and two children, David and Elizabeth.

The passing of Henry Kissinger marks the end of an era, prompting reflection on the complexities of his political contributions and their lasting impact on American history.

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