A high-ranking Republican official was just pronounced dead. The GOP is stunned, and the announcement has sent shockwaves through Washington.

“Former Secretary of State George Shultz, an influential foreign policy figure during President Ronald Reagan’s administration, died Saturday, on Reagan’s birthday,” reported Fox News.

Shultz, who served as Reagan’s secretary of state for over six years, passed away “at age 100 at his home in Stanford, California,” according to the Hoover Institution where he was a distinguished fellow.

His record of public service goes all the way back to the Eisenhower administration “as a senior staff economist,” but Shultz’s work with Reagan quite literally reshaped the modern would as we know it.

“As the nation’s chief diplomat in the 1980s, Shultz forged a course for peace in the Middle East and tried to enhance Cold War relations with the Soviet Union,” continued the Fox News report.

For his service, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1989 by Reagan. In recent years, high-profile awardees have included the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and radio legend Rush Limbaugh, both honored by President Donald Trump.

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