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Warren Christopher succumbs to cancer

Warren Christopher, the ex-US Secretary of State, died of cancer today aged 85.

Mr Christopher will always be remembered for bringing peace to Bosnia during the 1990s and being a key negotiator during the release of the American hostages that were held in Iran almost 30 years ago to the day.

Christopher’s understated manner as America’s top diplomat from 1993 to 19997 led to him being nicknamed the “stealth” US secretary of state. Once in a speech, he suggested that careful listening could be the secret weapon required for being successful in his former role – pointing out that he might be a better listener than a talker.

Christopher passed away peacefully in California late last night due to complications from both bladder and kidney cancer, according to reports from his family. Born on the 27th of October 1925 in the mostly rural state of North Dakota, he came from  rather modest circumstances before becoming a highly successful LA lawyer.

Before he started his career in diplomacy, Warren servied as President Lyndon Johnson’s deputy attorney general in the late 1960s. As briefly mentioned, he made headlines as the deputy secretary of state during the Carter administration as he negotiated the release of 52 American hostages from the hands of Iran in 1981. For his efforts, he won the US’ highest civilian award – known as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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