KEY POINTS
  • Henry Kissinger was the Harvard professor who became the archetypal U.S. diplomat, master political manipulator and pop culture icon — loved by admirers and loathed by detractors.
  • As President Richard Nixon's top foreign policy aide, Kissinger negotiated America's exit from the disastrous Vietnam War, winning a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • He also masterminded the détente policy that thawed the Cold War with the Soviet Union and helped break down the diplomatic great wall that surrounded Communist China for 2½-decades.
Henry Kissinger circa 1976 in New York City.

Henry Kissinger, the Holocaust survivor and Harvard professor who became a towering U.S. diplomat, master political manipulator and pop culture icon — loved by admirers and loathed by detractors — has died. He was 100.

He died on Wednesday at his home in Connecticut, according to Kissinger Associates.