General Norman Schwarzkopf, who led US forces during the first Gulf War, has died at the age of 78.
'Stormin' Norman', General Schwarzkopf was in charge of the coalition
forces sent in to expel Saddam Hussein's troops from Kuwait in 1991.
He died in Tampa, Florida, where he retired after his last military posting as commander-in-chief of US Central Command, an official told the AFP news agency.
Former US president George HW Bush, himself in intensive care, was the first to issue a statement mourning the loss of the man that lead the war that came to define both of their careers.
"Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation," his statement said.