His family said in a statement on their Facebook that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell died of complications from Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
According to the State Department website, Powell was born in 1937 to Jamaican immigrants and joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as a student at the City College of New York. He became one of the most decorated military officers and served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to President George H.W. Bush, and Secretary of State to George W. Bush.
Mr. Powell was the first black man to win all three titles.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” his family said in a statement.
Mr. Powell first rose to prominence during his tenure as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Persian Gulf War. In the 1990s and 2000s, he was one of the most prominent black members of the Republican Party, but eventually ran for president despite calls to do so.
As Secretary of State during the administration of George W. Bush, Mr. Powell falsely testified before the United Nations Security Council that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, which was used by the United States to depose Saddam Hussein. The main reason for attacking was
Mr. Powell would later express regret and call it a “smear” on his record, according to the new York Times.
“I am the one who presented it to the world on behalf of the United States of America,” he told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in 2005. “It was painful. It’s hurting now.” Powell often disagreed with then-Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who died earlier this year.
Former President George W Bush remembered Mr Powell in a statement on Monday morning.
“He was a great public servant who began his time as a soldier during Vietnam,” said Mr. Bush. “He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most importantly, Colin was a family man and a friend.”
Despite being a Republican, in 2008 and 2012, he would cross party lines to support Barack Obama and voted for mate Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Last year, Mr. Powell spoke at the Democratic National Convention to endorse Joe Biden for president.
Mr Powell, after former President Donald Trump incited a riot at the US Capitol told CNN He no longer considered himself a Republican.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /