On Monday morning, Colin Powell, the first African-American Secretary of State has died of COVID-19 complications. 84 year old four-start general was fully vaccinated according to his family who issued a Facebook statement.
“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 the statement. “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.”
Former President Bush paid tribute to Powell. “Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell,” former president said in a statement. “He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam. “
Bush added that Powell ” was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man.”