Gesture of US Secretary of State Colin Powell addressing the Security Council at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on February 14, 2003.
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Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, died of Covid’s complications at the age of 84.
Powell was previously diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This is a type of blood cancer that impairs the body’s ability to fight infections.
“Former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin L. Powell, died this morning due to complications of Covid 19,” the Powells wrote on Facebook.
“We have lost a notable and affectionate husband, father, grandfather, and great American,” the family said, saying he was completely vaccinated.
Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, became the first black national security adviser during the Reagan administration. President George HW Bush has nominated Powell as the youngest and first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As chair, he oversaw Operation Desert Storm in the United States during the Gulf War. After 35 years of military service, Powell retired from the US Army as a four-star general.
In 2001, he became the first black Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.
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