WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State and retired four-star General Colin Powell has died from complications related to COVID-19, his family said in a statement on Facebook.
Powell, 84, was born in New York City and joined the military after graduating from the City University of New York. He died on Monday at Walter Reed National Medical Center. His family said that he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” Powell’s family said in their statement.
He rose through the ranks of the armed forces in a decade-long career, his service first as national security adviser to then-President Ronald Reagan and the highest-ranking military appointment as the 12th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ended as Department of Defense.
Powell served as Secretary of State under former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, overseeing US diplomacy after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Powell was a leading figure in his public service career, serving as the national security adviser, chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, and the first black man to become secretary of state.
In 2008, Powell, who had previously served in the Republican administration, endorsed Barack Obama for the presidency before his historic victory. Powell later became completely disenchanted with the Republican Party under former President Donald Trump.
In 2019, he argued that the party needed to “hold itself up” and change course. he said last year he would Vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Powell has three children, two grandchildren and his wife Alma.