Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies of Covid-19 complications

18 October 2021 - 14:43 By Reuters
Former US secretary of state Colin Powell has died. File Photo.
Former US secretary of state Colin Powell has died. File Photo.
Image: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Colin Powell, the first black US secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 from Covid-19 complications, his family said in a statement.

“He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Centre for their caring treatment.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” Powell's family said in a post on his Facebook page.

As a four-star Army general, he was chairperson of the military's joint chiefs of staff under President George HW Bush during the 1991 Gulf War in which US-led forces expelled Iraqi troops from neighbouring Kuwait.

Powell, a moderate Republican and a pragmatist, later served as secretary of state under President George W Bush.

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