Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become U.S. secretary of state, has died at age 84 

According to her family, Albright's cause of death was cancer. 

Madeleine Albright was surrounded by family and friends at the time of death 

"We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend" 

Madeleine Albright served as secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 during the Clinton administration 

Former President Bill Clinton said: Hillary and I are profoundly saddened by the passing of Madeleine Albright 

She was one of the finest secretaries of state, an outstanding UN ambassador, a brilliant professor, and an extraordinary human being 

Biden said: She was an immigrant fleeing persecution. A refugee in need of safe haven 

Biden ordered flags at the White House and on U.S. public buildings and grounds to be flown at half-staff to honor Albright.