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Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Dies of COVID-19 at 84

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has died of COVID-19 complications.

His family confirmed his death on Monday in a public Facebook post, noting that he was fully vaccinated. Powell was 84.

The statement, signed by The Powell Family, reads: “General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”

Powell most recently appeared as an interviewee in Apple TV Plus and BBC documentary “9/11: Inside the President’s War Room.”

A 35-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Powell — the Harlem-born son of Jamaican immigrants — was the first African American to serve as Secretary of State (2001-2005) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993).

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