Trailblazing military leader and first Black U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has died, aged 84, after a reported battle with COVID-19.
Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook.
“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,” the Powell family wrote on Facebook.“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” they said, noting he was fully vaccinated.
A groundbreaking statesman who broke military color lines early in his career, Powell – a retired four-star general in the United States Army – made history when he served under President George W. Bush as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001-2005.
He was the first African American to serve in that position.