Fully-vaccinated former Secretary of State Colin Powell, 84, dies due to complications from COVID
Colin Powell, the first black Secretary of State who helped formulate foreign policy under Presidents Clinton and Bush, died this morning at the age of 84 of complications from COVID.
The Pentagon powerhouse who served in Vietnam and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was fully vaccinated when he passed away at Walter Reed Medical Center in Baltimore, according to his family.
Powell is survived by his wife Alma and three children, and has a celebrated career that saw him rise up the military ranks after growing up in a Jamaican immigrant family is family confirmed his death in a statement on Facebook, but did not elaborate on the complications. It's unclear when he was diagnosed with COVID or how long he was hospitalized for.
'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,' his family wrote in a statement on Facebook.
'He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment,' they added.
'We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.'
The four star general was the first black secretary of State and to this day is the only black man to ever serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He served under several Republican administrations – including for Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Also, from 1991-1993 he served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Bill Clinton after being appointed to the post halfway through Bush Sr's tenure.
Despite being a lifelong Republican, Powell said in June 2020 that he was planning to vote for Joe Biden because Trump 'drifted away' from the Constitution and was turned off by the president's inclination to insult 'anybody who dares to speak against him'.