Madeleine Albright, the first woman to be U.S. secretary of state, passed away on Wednesday, her family confirmed on Twitter.
Albright was born in Prague and immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee in 1948.
Before being appointed secretary of state by President Bill Clinton in 1997, she was the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations.
She earned the Medal of Freedom in 2012 and is remembered for being at the forefront of foreign policy after the Cold War.
Albright was a professor at Georgetown University at the time of her death.
Albright’s family said she died from cancer, while surrounded by family and friends.
She was 84 years old.
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