Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, 59, who revealed just after the 7/7 London transport bombings that Al Qaeda was the name of a CIA database of US-trained Mujaheddin and who was a harsh critic of Tony Blair and the United States for the Iraq War, collapsed while walking near Laxford Bridge in northwest Scotland.
Cook, who often walked and was thought to be in good physical health, was flown by helicopter to Inverness where he died in hospital.
Cook was succeeded as Foreign Secretary by two Jewish men, firstly Jack Straw, and after Straw by the current Foreign Secretary, David Miliband.
Cook is perhaps best known for some odd statements shortly before his death, in which he said that AlQaida did not exist, and that all intelligence agencies knew this fact.
Some words can be very dangerous for important men to utter, such as these:
"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this.
"But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism.
"The country behind this propaganda is the US . . ." - Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook