A veteran diplomat who is 100 years old Henry Kissinger died Wednesday at his home in Connecticut.
Kissinger served foreign policy adviser to four US presidents.
“Dr. Henry Kissinger, a respected American scholar and statesman, died today at his home in Connecticut,” a statement provided via a Kissinger Associates news release said.
Born in Germany in 1923, a Jewish native Kissinger along with his and his parents fled Nazi Germany in 1938 arrived in New York City as a 15-year-old boy. During World War II, Kissinger joined the U.S. Army as an interpreter, becoming a naturalized citizen.
Three decades later, he was a key player in the White House. When Richard Nixon was elected in 1968, Kissinger became his National Security advisor and eventually Secretary of State In 1969. Then he was named Secretary of State in 1973.
Kissinger and the then North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho were awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for Paris Peace Accords that helped America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
David and Elizabeth are the two children of Kissinger and first wife Ann Fleischer that ended in 1964 with divorce.
He married his second wife, Nancy Maginnes, in 1974. He is survived by Maginnes and his two children, as well as five grandchildren.
An influential diplomat, Kissinger ended the Vietnam War, championed détente with the Soviet Union, opened the door for U.S.-China relations and played a role in the volatile Middle East following the Yom Kippur War.
Kissinger’s clandestine 1971 trips to China paved the way for Nixon’s 1972 visit to Beijing and the eventual normalization of U.S. relations with Chairman Mao’s nation.
The diplomat also wrote extensively on foreign affairs and diplomatic history, penning 13 books, including “White House Years” in 1979 and “Ending the Vietnam War” in 2003.
Kissinger will be interred at a private family service. There will be a memorial service in New York City at a later date.