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Former diplomat, presidential aide Haig dies

February 20, 2010

Former US secretary of state Alexander Haig, a blunt-talking top aide to three presidents, has died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, a spokesman for the facility said Saturday.

"He did pass away at approximately 1:30 am today," spokesman Gary Stephenson told AFP by telephone. The spokesman did not offer an official cause of death.

Haig, 85, served as secretary of state under president Ronald Reagan after being a top adviser to presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Haig mounted an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, losing to the eventual nominee and then president George Bush.

The former top US diplomat had been admitted to the hospital January 28.

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