Colin Powell Dies After COVID Complications

Casey Harper, The Center Square

Colin Powell (84), was a former Secretary of State and died from complications due to COVID-19.

Powell’s family issued a statement Monday announcing his passing and thanking others for their support.

“We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment,” Powell’s family said in the statement, adding that he had been fully vaccinated. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”

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Powell served as Secretary of State in former President George W. Bush’s administration, helping it through the response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the following wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell. He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam,” Bush said. “He was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. His reputation was worldwide. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man.”

Powell, who was also the first Black secretary of states, served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff prior to his tenure as Secretary of State. It is one of several distinguished positions that he held throughout his life. According to NBC News Powell was also diagnosed with myeloma. This is a blood cancer.

“God Bless Colin Powell and his family today,” said former Navy Seal Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas. “May this exemplary public servant Rest In Peace.”

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