Robert McNamara, the former US defence secretary and one of the main architects of the US war in Vietnam, has died at the age of 93. McNamara died in his sleep on Monday at his home in Washington, DC, members of his family said. "His age just caught up with him," his wife, Diana, told the Reuters news agency. "He was not ill. He died peacefully in his sleep," she said. McNamara served as secretary of defence in the administrations of US presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. He also forged careers in industry and international finance, but was principally associated with the Vietnam War, the conflict dubbed "McNamara's war" by critics of the US operation.
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