Hyderabad: Social media users are claiming that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld committed suicide.

Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter searched for the reason behind the death of the former Secretary of Defense. According to a report by The Princetonian published on July 10, 2021, Donald H. Rumsfeld, a proponent behind the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq who served twice as Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford and President George W. Bush, died on Tuesday, June 29 at his home in Taos, New Mexico. He was 88 years old.

According to Rumsfeld's spokesman Keith Urbahn, the cause of death was multiple myeloma.

We then searched for an official statement and found a press release by the US Department of Defense published on June 30, 2021. We found a Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the passing of Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

According to a report by US Today, Rumsfeld died of multiple myeloma.

We did not find any report that would claim that Donald Rumsfeld died by suicide.

It is therefore evident that the viral claim is False. Donald Rumsfeld died of multiple myeloma.

Claim Review :   Rumsfeld Committed Suicide at Military Tribunal
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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