General Colin Powell Dead at 84

On Monday, the family of General Colin Powell, the first black Secretary of State who served under three Republican presidents before endorsing former President Barack Obama twice, announced the 84-year-old former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had died “due to complications from Covid 19.”

The Powell family stated 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. He was fully vaccinated. 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.”

According to CNN, which spoke to a source familiar with the matter, Powell had multiple myeloma, a condition that suppresses the immune response.

Powell was born in Harlem in 1937, the son of Jamaican immigrants. He served in Vietnam as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army between 1962 and 1963, returning in 1968 as assistant chief of staff of operations for the 23rd Infantry Division. He later became senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger during the Reagan Administration. In 1987, he served as United States Deputy National Security Advisor, then Reagan’s last National Security Advisor.

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