Former US Secretary of Defense Passes Away from Multiple Myeloma

The former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld passed away on June 29. While the details surrounding the death of this often controversial figure have been scarce, it has been confirmed that cancer took his life.

According to family spokesperson Keith Urbahn, the cause of Rumsfeld’s death was multiple myeloma. Details about when Rumsfeld was diagnosed with this type of cancer in the plasma cells have not been released.

Rumsfeld’s Political History

Rumsfeld enjoyed a long and distinguished political career. He first served as secretary of defense under President Gerald Ford between the years 1975 and 1977. He served in this role again under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006.


While serving under Ford, Rumsfeld had the distinction of being the youngest secretary of defense in US history. Conversely, he was the second-oldest person in this position when serving decades later under Bush.

In addition, Rumsfeld also served as a congressman from Illinois, a US representative to NATO, the White House Chief of Staff under President Richard Nixon, director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and more. He was also the national chairman for the failed presidential candidacy of Sen. Bob Dole.

Rumsfeld had his own presidential aspirations, exploring the possibility of running in 1996 and pulling out of the race just prior to the primaries in 1988.


Rumsfeld’s Personal Life

Rumsfeld graduated from Princeton University in 1954. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce P. Pierson. The couple raised three children together, named Valerie Richard, Marcy Rumsfeld, and Nicholas Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld is also survived by seven grandchildren along with three great-grandchildren.