Colin Powell, the first black US Secretary of State, has died of COVID-19 complications. He was 84 years old.
“General Colin L. Powell, former US Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning. COVID-19,” Powell’s family wrote.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said, noting that he was fully vaccinated.
The Powell family confirmed that the former secretary of state died at Walter Reed National Medical Center, where he was being treated.
Earlier Barack Obama Elected president, Powell and his successor, Condoleezza Rice, were the highest-ranking African Americans in the history of the federal executive branch.
The retired four-star general became the first black national security adviser during the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
He was also the youngest and first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George HW Bush.
former President George W Bush A statement mourning Powell’s death said: “Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell.
“He was a great public servant, beginning with his time as a soldier during Vietnam. Many presidents relied on the advice and experience of General Powell.”
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The 43rd President said: “He was such a favorite of presidents that he twice earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was highly respected at home and abroad.
“And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send our sincere condolences to Alma and her children as they remember the life of a great man.”
Powell served in Bush’s cabinet from 2001–2005, including during the turbulent years following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The State Department described Powell as “one of the most prominent proponents” of “rapid military action”. al Qaeda.
Powell called for “immediate” cooperation from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the US effort to find those responsible for 9/11.
In 2003, Powell gave an infamous speech at the United Nations Security Council in which he called for a war against Iraq.
The address contained false information about Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s hoarding of weapons of mass destruction.
It was a speech that would affect his career, and he resigned in 2005.
After leaving the Bush administration, Powell returned to private life.
He joined the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins in 2005, where he served as a strategic advisor until his death.
In recent years, Powell was a staunch critic of the former president. Donald Trump.
they voted for Hillary Clinton Over Trump in 2016, what he called a “national disgrace and an international pariah”.
He announced his support for Trump again in 2020 Joe Biden Destroying Trump’s record in June of the same year.
“We have a constitution. And we have to abide by that constitution. And the president has gotten away with it,” he said. CNN, adding that he “definitely cannot support President Trump this year.”
United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he had a “hole in his heart” after his friend Powell passed away.
“The world lost one of the greatest leaders we’ve ever seen. Alma lost a great husband and the family lost a tremendous father. I lost a tremendous personal friend and mentor. I feel as though I have There’s a hole in the heart.”
Utah Senator Mitt Romney reacted to the news of Powell’s death, calling him a “champion of character” and a “trailblazer”.
“Today, the nation lost a champion of indomitable courage and character. A statesman and pioneer, dedicated to America and freedom, Colin Powell’s legacy of service and honor will long inspire.
“Ann and I extend our love and sincere condolences to Alma and her family,” Romney said.
The Reverend Al Sharpton also expressed his condolences to the Powell family, tweeting: “My condolences to the family of Colin Powell. Although we disagreed on many issues, I have always respected and proud of his achievements.
“When he and I went up to each other and chatted, I always left feeling like he was an honest and committed person he believed in. RIP.”
Powell is alive by him Wife, Alma Vivian Powell, whom he married in 1962, and three children, Linda, Annemarie, and Michael.