The death of his father forces Blinken’s departure from the UN

Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s time at the annual United Nations General Assembly was cut short Thursday night when the nation’s top diplomat rushed to be with his father, who died overnight at the age of 96 years old.

“My family has lost a parent and grandparent, a source of love and inspiration – my father Donald Blinken”, Blinken announced in a tweet Thursday night. “A member of the US Army Air Corps, a US Ambassador, Chairman of the Mark Rothko Foundation, President of the State University of New York, Dad served his city, state and country.”

The secretary of state rushed from the United Nations in Manhattan — where his annual summit is being held this week — to be with his family on Long Island on Thursday, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell reported on “Morning Joe” early Friday morning. Donald Blinken, a former US diplomat, investment banker and collector of modern art, died peacefully Thursday at his home in East Hampton, according to the Associated Press.


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