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Colin Powell, 1st Black US Secretary of State, dies at 84 of COVID-19 complications – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-10-18 08:44:54 –

Washington-ABC News confirmed that Colin Powell, the first black US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died at the age of 84.

Powell died of complications from COVID-19, according to a statement on his official Facebook page posted Monday morning.

He was completely vaccinated.

“We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their compassionate treatment. We lost a remarkable loving husband, father, grandfather, and great American,” said the Powell family. Said on Facebook.

Powell was the first African-American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State.

However, when Powell attended the United Nations Security Council in 2003 and insisted on the US war in Iraq, his reputation suffered a tragic setback. He quoted false information claiming that Saddam Hussein was secretly hiding weapons of mass destruction.

After the announcement of Powell’s death on Monday, former President George W. Bush issued a statement. Powell was Secretary of State during the Bush administration.

“Laura and I are deeply saddened by Colin Powell’s death. He was a great civil servant who began his military career in Vietnam. Many presidents relied on General Powell’s advice and experience. He was a National Security Advisor under President Reagan. A co-chief aide under President Colin Powell, and a Secretary of State during my administration. He was a very favorite of the President, so he received the President’s Freedom Medal. Won twice. He was highly regarded at home and abroad. And most importantly, Colin was a family man and friend. Laura and I were a great man to Alma and his children. I remember my life, so I would like to express my deepest condolences. “

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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