December 5, 2021

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Former US Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dies After Complications From COVID-19

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Former US Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dies After Complications From COVID-19

Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state, has died from complications after contracting COVID-19, a statement from his family has said.

His family announced his passing on Facebook and said it was ‘due to complications from Covid 19’ despite being ‘fully vaccinated’

Powell also suffered from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that makes it difficult to fight infections even if a person is vaccinated, according to The New York Times

Peggy Cifrino, Mr. Powell’s longtime aide, said that he had been successfully treated for multiple myeloma, a cancer of white blood cells in the bone marrow.

Retired four-star general Powell, who was also suffering from Parkinson’s, is survived by his wife Alma and three children.

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'General Colin L. Powell 8 mins 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. The Powell Family'

President Bush and former First Lady Laura said on Monday they were ‘deeply saddened’ by the news of Powell’s passing.

‘Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell’, they said in a joint statement. ‘He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam.

‘Many Presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel and experience. He was National Security Adviser under President Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under my father and President Clinton, and Secretary of State during my administration.

‘He 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.’

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