Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state, has died from ‘complications from Covid-19’ it was announced on Monday.
Powell was the first African American to hold the title of Secretary of State. According to The Hill, the family said the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been fully vaccinated and was receiving treatment for Covid.
84 year old Powell, a retired four-star general who was a key figure in the build up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and who served as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in the early 1990s, had been treated for Covid at Walter Reed national medical center in Bethesda, Maryland.
He was fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
His family said they had lost a “remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American”.
Powell was secretary of state, serving in that role under George W Bush from 2001 to 2005. Powell was born in New York City.