Former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, who served as energy secretary and United Nations ambassador under President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 75 years old.
Mickey Bergman, the vice president of the Richardson Center, in a statement, said “He lived his entire life in the service of others – including both his time in government and his subsequent career helping to free people held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad. There was no person that Governor Richardson would not speak with if it held the promise of returning a person to freedom.”
Cause of death-
The officials have not disclosed the cause of death.
As per media reports, Bill Ricardson has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Bill Richardson was born on November 15, 1947. He died at the age of 75.
Bill Richardson was a decorated American politician, author, and diplomat who served in various high-profile positions throughout his career. He was the 30th governor of New Mexico, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary in the Clinton administration, a U.S. congressman, chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
In December 2008, Richardson was nominated for the cabinet-level position of Secretary of Commerce in the first Obama administration but withdrew a month later due to an investigation into possible improper business dealings in New Mexico. Although the investigation was later dropped, it damaged Richardson’s reputation and diminished his influence as his second and final term as New Mexico governor concluded.
Richardson continued to be active in public life after leaving office, occasionally providing advice on diplomatic issues pertaining to North Korea and visiting the nation on several occasions, including efforts to release American detainees.
Bill Richardson was married to Barbara Flavin in 1972.