Colin Powell, a former US Secretary of State, has died from COVID complications, his family has announced. He was 84 years old, Euronews reports.
“General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated,” his family said in a statement published on Facebook.
“We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”
Powell was the first African-American to hold the post of chief of staff for the armed forces, before becoming head of US diplomacy under the Republican presidency of George W. Bush.
Although he believed that war should only be a last resort, the result of his experience of the Vietnam War.