Veteran US diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies at 69
Veteran US diplomat Richard Holbrooke has died following a second round of surgery to treat a heart condition.
He fell ill on Friday while meeting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
He was President Barack Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The presidents of both nations had called to wish him well, prior to his death.
Nicknamed The Bulldozer, the 69-year-old gained a reputation over the years for confronting warring leaders to get them to come to the negotiating table.
Mr Holbrooke's family was reported to be at his bedside earlier on Monday in the US capital's George Washington University Hospital.