CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first Black U.S. Secretary of State and former Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell has died due to COVID-19 complications Monday morning, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.
“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,” the Powell family stated on Facebook. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”
The family noted that he was fully vaccinated.
Powell’s leadership in Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st.