State Department mourns death of ex-diplomat

September 16, 2016 10:30PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department spokesman John Kirby says the department is mourning the death of former diplomat John Buzbee, who died Thursday of complications from cancer.

Kirby says the former journalist brought a "reporters' curiosity to the Foreign Service and ability to create imagery out of words."


Buzbee served in Iraq and Egypt, among other posts. Kirby says he was "fascinated by the Middle East and all the issues there."

Kirby says the department will mourn him.

Buzbee is survived by his wife, Sally, the bureau chief and a vice president of The Associated Press in Washington, their daughters Emma and Meg, and other family members.

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