On December 11, 2010, Holbrooke was admitted to George Washington University hospital in Washington after falling ill at the State Department's headquarters. While there, he underwent twenty hours of surgery to fix an aortic dissection, a rare condition. He died on December 13, 2010, from complications of the torn aorta. According to the Washington Post, Holbrooke's last words were to his surgeon: "You've got to end this war in Afghanistan." Holbrooke is survived by wife Kati Marton, his two sons David Holbrooke and Anthony Holbrooke and their families, and his two stepchildren, Christopher and Elizabeth Jennings.