Sergio Vieira de Mello

 

Age: 55

 

Summary: high-ranking U.N. official known for his ability to combine tough talk with diplomacy who served as the U.N.'s crisis pointman in conflict zones from Kosovo to Cyprus to East Timor, who was appointed the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in September 2002, but who left that post to serve as a troubleshooter in Baghdad after war broke out.

 

 

Cause of Death: Killed in a suicide bombing attack

 

Born: March 15, 1948

 

Died: August 19, 2003

 

Location: Baghdad, Iraq