NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 19: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf speaks at the 21st Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at the Waldorf Astoria September 19, 2006 in New York City. The event honors sports legends for their great athletic achievements and has raised more than 32 million dollars for spinal cord injury research at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. (Photo by Matt Szwajkos/Getty Images for Alan Taylor)
The official tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn't authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper.
He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.
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