February 20th, 2010
09:48 AM ET
5 years ago

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig dies at 85

Washington (CNN) - Alexander Haig, the former military officer, secretary of state and adviser to presidents, died Saturday, a Johns Hopkins Medical Center spokesman said.

Haig, 85, was admitted to the Baltimore, Maryland, hospital on January 28, hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson said.

Haig was a top official in the administrations of three presidents - Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

He served as Nixon's deputy assistant for national security affairs beginning in 1970, then in January 1973 became vice chief of staff of the Army.

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  1. Minnesota gal

    What I remember most about him is he tried to take over the presidency after Nixon resigned. He had to be convinced that the progression of leadership went first to the vice president. And they had made this GUY who did know the constitution, SOS?

    February 20, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. mjm

    Now THIS was a great American. RIP and thank you for all you did for this country.

    February 20, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Andy from NYC

    RIP Al Haig. For those in America who forget, this is the guy, who as Secretary of State proclaimed to the world that he was in charge when Ronald Reagan was shot.

    February 20, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. GI Joe

    RIP Mr. Haig and bless you for your service to this country.

    February 20, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    This is an extremely sad event for those of us who remember better times in our country, times based on personal strength directed toward the common good.
    Secretary of State Haig was a great man.
    Leaders of his stature are in danger of extinction.

    February 20, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Aunt Bea and Opie

    RIP,we dont have anything good to say about him.

    February 20, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Moar Like RepubliKKKans

    Just like the hateful conservatives that spoke ill of the Democrats that have died...

    I hope he is burning in hell.

    February 20, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. j

    I didn't realize he was that old but he lived a long life and had the opportunity to do a lot of different things. Sympathies to the family.

    February 20, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Preston kk

    pkm i did not care for the man but rest in peace

    February 20, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Ron

    This is the best news of 2010. It's too bad his mother didn't have a
    late-term abortion on this terrorist.

    February 20, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |