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Father’s death forces Blinken’s departure from U.N.

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

“My family lost a parent and grandparent, a source of love and inspiration — my father Donald Blinken,” Blinken announced in a tweet late Thursday. “A member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, a U.S. Ambassador, president of the Mark Rothko Foundation, chair 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 its annual summit is being held this week — to be with his family on Long Island on Thursday, NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell reported on “Morning Joe” early Friday morning. Donald Blinken, a former U.S. diplomat, investment banker and modern art collector, died peacefully at his home in East Hampton on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.



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