Colin Powell dies at 84 of COVID-19 complications

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Colin Powell, the first black US Secretary of State and top military official, died on Monday from COVID-19 complications at the age of 84, his family said in a statement.

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“He was fully vaccinated. We would like to thank the medical staff of Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” Powell’s family said in a post on their Facebook page.

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

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Powell, a moderate Republican and a pragmatist, later served as Secretary of State under President George W.

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