Sun | Nov 28, 2021

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from COVID complications

Published:Monday | October 18, 2021 | 7:47 AM
Powell... was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state.

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has died from COVID-19 complications, his family has said.

He was 84. 

In an announcement on social media, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. 

Powell had multiple myeloma.

This is a form of cancer of the plasma cells that suppresses the body's immune system placing him at greater risk of the virus.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father and grandfather and a great American,” the family said.

Born April 5, 1937, Powell was the son of Jamaican parents, Luther and Maud Powell.

He was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state.

But his reputation also suffered a painful setback when, in 2003, Powell went before the U.N. Security Council and made the case for U.S. war against Iraq.

He cited faulty information claiming Saddam Hussein had secretly stashed away weapons of mass destruction.

Iraq's claims that it had not represented “a web of lies,” he told the world body.

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