Colin Powell, former U.S. state secretary, dies of COVID-19

Former U.S. Army Four Star General and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at the funeral for the late U.S. Army Four Star General H. Norman Schwarzkopf at the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, February 28, 2013. (Reuters photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Colin Powell, the first black U.S. secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications, his family said in a statement.

“He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment,” Powell’s family said in a post on his Facebook page, according to Reuters.

Announcing his death, his family said they had lost a “remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.

As a four-star Army general, he was chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush during the 1991 Gulf War in which U.S.-led forces expelled Iraqi troops from neighboring Kuwait.

Powell, a moderate Republican and a pragmatist, later served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush.

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