Colin Powell, former secretary of state, dies of COVID-19 complications

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell had died of COVID-19 complications at age 84.

10/18/2021 4:03:00 PM

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell had died of COVID-19 complications at age 84.

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.Eric Reichbaum/AP, FILEFormer U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell died Monday morning due to complications from COVID-19, his family said in a statement."He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment," the family said."We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American."

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Powell was 84 years old.Eric Reichbaum/AP, FILEIn this photo taken Nov. 9, 2011, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks in New York.He served under four presidents -- Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- at the very top of the national security establishment, first as deputy national security adviser and then as national security adviser. Finally, he was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the senior ranking member of the U.S. armed forces and top military adviser to the president.

He was the first African-American ever to hold that post and the first to be secretary or state.During that time he helped shape American defense and foreign policy. He was in top posts during the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the downsizing of the military after the end of the Cold War, the 1989 invasion of Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, the 1992-93 engagement in Somalia and the crisis in Bosnia.

SLIDESHOW: Colin Powell through the years"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell," Bush said in a statement."He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam. Many Presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel and experience. He was National Security Adviser under President Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under my father and President Clinton, and Secretary of State during my Administration. He was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man."

Powell retired from the Army after the Gulf War, and his supporters urged him to enter politics, touting him as the only candidate with the moral stature needed to unite the country and heal longstanding racial wounds.After his retirement, from 1994 to 2000, Powell was engaged in several notable humanitarian and personal efforts. In 1994, he, former President Jimmy Carter and former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., embarked on a peacekeeping mission in Haiti, in which they were able to help bring to an end to military rule and establish an elected government for the country.

In 1995, Powell published his autobiography,"My American Journey," in which he touched on everything from his military experiences to more personal matters. Powell was also a co-chair for America's Promise, a non-profit organization geared toward empowering young people, for which he served as chairman from 1997-2000.

The media spotlight first found the four-star Army general during the 1991 Gulf War, when, as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he appeared on television screens across the world. With his steady gaze, he conveyed intelligence, certainty and straightforwardness.

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After the allied coalition expelled the Iraqi army from Kuwait, Powell's celebrity grew, and his name became synonymous with integrity for many Americans across the political spectrum.A decade later, as President George W. Bush's secretary of state, Powell played a pivotal role in another conflict. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on the homeland, Powell worked to build an international coalition and used his long military experience to help design a strategy for the war on terrorism. He tried to prepare the country for a different type of war, one where the enemy might be hard to identify.

"I was raised a soldier, and you are trained, there is the enemy occupying a piece of ground. We can define that in time, space and other dimensions, and you can assemble forces and go after it," Powell said at the time."This is different. The enemy is in many places. The enemy is not looking to be found. The enemy is hidden. The enemy is very often right here within our own country. And so you have to design a campaign plan that goes after that kind of enemy."

Throughout his service in the military, Powell never made his political leanings known. Although he served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, it wasn't until 1995 that Powell announced that he had registered as a Republican. He formally supported the candidacy of Democratic presidential candidates Lyndon Johnson, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

The reelection campaign of former President Donald Trump brought out Powell's political side in the last years of his life, when he called on voters not to support the incumbent, Republican president."I think he has not been an effective president," Powell told CNN's Jake Tapper in June 2020."He lies all the time. He began lying the day of inauguration, when we got into an argument about the size of the crowd that was there. People are writing books about this favorite thing of lying. And I don't think that's in our interest."

"The values I learned growing up in the South Bronx and serving in uniform were the same values that Joe Biden’s parents instilled in him in Scranton, Pennsylvania," Powell said in a video message at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. “I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States because those values still define him, and we need to restore those values to the White House."

After the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Powell told CNN he"can no longer call myself a fellow Republican" and that"we need people who will speak the truth."Powell spent his entire adult life in service to his country. He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Alma Powell, and his son, Michael.

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from COVID-19 complicationsHis family said that the former secretary of state died after suffering from Covid-19 complications. He was fully vaccinated against the disease. WoW sorry to read this .. RIP i can hear fox whitewing product journos comparing george floyd's life with transnationalism faster than a trade embargo My cousin worked closely with a few years back. He was a great man. RIP

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Twas an Honor serving under you sir, Rest In Peace

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from Covid complicationsBREAKING: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the first Black Secretary of State, died Monday due to complications from Covid-19, his family said in a statement on Facebook. The world is a long way from a cure to COVID19 RIP, sir. I hope your passing isn't for naught. I hope all the vaccination protesters grasp the concept of the mitigation of a GLOBAL pandemic. A friend has a deadly disease and cannot be admitted to hospital because there are no beds which have been allotted to Covid patients. Lol apparently to trump geniuses… a 90% effectiveness of the vaccine means you are 100% covered from serious illness

oji He died in shame! A million Muslims died because he lied. He is no hero. Weapons of mass destruction. Trust? He was an inside man, do you really think he would have taken the jab! Kinda seems like he lied a lot but ok Powell died from CANCER! All the Covid-iots are chiming in that he died from the Chinese lab made virus.

Everything ain't covid, 84 and blood cancer has its own complications. Trust me, I'm lying to u RIP Mr.General Colin Powell!!!!

Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dead After COVID ComplicationsPowell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Medical Center, his family said. He was 84. How many people died by his lies. Impunity is the name of his legacy. 😭😭😭😭 RIP

If he part of the deep state the obamas and joe Biden’s and the soros I DONT GIVE A FUCK Trusted the vaccine a lil too much 'Trust.' “His lack of courage and integrity was a detriment to generations of dead Iraqis.” There, I fixed it. The fact he died before Jimmy Carter... This is a man no matter the circumstances always stood by his country and not by his political beliefs. This coming from a Democrat he stood for what was right! True patriot to the end. God bless him and his family.

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Colin Powell has died of COVID-19 complications, family saysWASHIINGTON (AP) — Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday. He was 84. In 1989 Powell became the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Colin Powell's family said in an announcement on social media that he had been fully vaccinated. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father and grandfather and a great American,” the family said. Fake news. Didn’t die coz of the Chinese virus. He was one of the best Defence Secretaries for the country

GStephanopoulos now thats what you call a secretary of state, unlike that fraud, pompeo........ GStephanopoulos Secretary Powell was the epitome of what it is to be a Statesman. An inspiration to me as a soldier, a leader, a family man, but as a black man who broke barriers who was excellent in his accomplishments based on his intellect, character and force of will.

GStephanopoulos One of the great ones! Always admired him. Rest forever in grace. ❤️ 🙏 GStephanopoulos Another war criminal bites the dust! HE WAS FULLY VACCINATED; LET'S GO BRANDON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GStephanopoulos Yeah right. No one can just die regular I mean no one of color GStephanopoulos no, he’s a war criminal who lied to the american public, got civilians killed, and sent innocent people to die.

GStephanopoulos Very, very Sad 🙏🙏🙏 !!! Bush should just fade into the background on this because he knowingly threw Sec Powell under the bus by feeding him lies so Powell could unknowingly encourage/endorse US war with Iraq. A true hero. A loss for our nation.

What are they going to do with his money?