Richard Holbrooke, a forceful presence in American diplomacy for more than 45 years, died tonight in Washington, D.C. He was 69.
His death, from a torn aorta, was confirmed by sources to ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.
Holbrooke, who was serving as the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was putting the finishing touches on a major report on American military and diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan, due to be released on Thursday. (Continues)