A well-known American historian, Nancy Dupree, sadly passed away over the weekend. According to the Washington Post, she died of chronic heart, lung and kidney ailments.
Dupree was originally from the United States, but spent much of her life in Afghanistan, working to preserve Afghan culture. At the time of her death, she was still in the process of completing a major project, which involved a massive number of historic Afghan documents, reported Washington Post.
The U.S. Department of State released a statement regarding Dupree’s passing on Tuesday, September 12th. The statement, which is posted on their official website, said the U.S. is “deeply saddened” by her passing and referred to Dupree as a “pillar of the American community in Afghanistan.”
Spokesperson Heather Nauert also wrote, “Her work to preserve the history and culture of Afghanistan began when she first arrived in Kabul in 1962. Until her last days, Ms. Dupree remained supportive of young Afghan students and scholars who wished to focus their studies on Afghanistan’s heritage. She was an author, a scholar, and a tireless friend of Afghanistan who built bridges between the Afghan people and the people of the United States. We will always be indebted to her.”
Many called Dupree the “grandmother of Afghanistan” and took to social media to express their love and gratitude for her work. See a few posts below.
Please keep her friends, family, fans, and loved ones in your prayers. In other breaking news, John McCain’s office released a new health update on the Senator. He is also in need of prayers. Thank you!