Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Has Died Of Covid-19 Complications, Family Says

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first Black U.S. Secretary of State and former Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell has died due to COVID-19 complications Monday morning, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.

“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,” the Powell family stated on Facebook. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”

The family noted that he was fully vaccinated.

Powell’s leadership in Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st.

Powell also was known to be a distinguished soldier who went from combat duty in Vietnam to becoming the first Black national security adviser during the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, according to officials.

He was said to have been considered a leading contender to become the first Black President of the United States in the mid-90s after a surge in popularity due to the aftermath of the US-led coalition victory during the Gulf War. But his reputation suffered a setback in 2003, as George W. Bush’s first secretary of state, he cited faulty information before the United Nations to advocate for the war against Iraq.