Madeleine Albright, 1st female Secretary of State, dead at 84


His cause of death was cancer, according to his family.

Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as US secretary of state, died Wednesday of cancer at the age of 84, according to her family.

She was appointed Secretary of State by President Bill Clinton and served in that position from 1997 to 2001.

During a State Department briefing on Wednesday, spokesman Ned Price said President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken had been notified of his death.

“The impact that Secretary Albright … had on this building is felt in just about every hallway every day,” Price said.

Price said Albright was a mentor to Blinken, his assistant Wendy Sherman and many others.

“A tireless champion of democracy and human rights, she was at the time of her death a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, chairman of the Albright Stonebridge Group, member of Dentons Global Advisors, chairman of Albright Capital Management, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, president of the National Democratic Institute, chairman of the US Defense Policy Board and author,” her family said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

ABC News’ Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.

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