U.S. war hero and the first black Secretary of State, Colin Powell has died at the age of 84.
The retired four-star general and former chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff who served four presidents of the United States made his reputation as a man of honor distant from the political fray.
According to a statement issued by his family on social media, Powell died from COVID-19 complications even though he had been fully vaccinated.
"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," the statement said
Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants first became the Republican president’s secretary of state in 2000.
Tribute to the late 'General' has been pouring from the U.S. Congress. Democratic Senator Mark Warner described Powell as a patriot and a public servant.
House Republican Peter Meijer described Powell as a rarity in the modern age and a true soldier statesman.
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