Colin Powell, who was born in Harlem to Jamaican immigrants and rose to become the U.S.’s first Black secretary of state as well as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died.
He was 84.
Powell died Monday due to complications from Covid-19, his family said on the general’s Facebook page.
Colin Powell was fully vaccinated; and was also being treated at Walter Reed National Medical Center, the family said.
Meanwhile Former US President George W Bush; was among the first to pay tribute; saying Powell was “a family man and a friend”; who “was such a favourite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice”.
Powell, a moderate Republican who broke with his party to endorse Barack Obama in 2008; became a trusted military adviser to a number of leading US politicians.
He served in the US Army and was wounded in Vietnam; an experience that later helped define his own military and also political strategies.
Many would remember him for the role he played in garnering support for the Iraq war.
He admitted in a speech to the United Nations Security Council; that using faulty intelligence was “a blot” on his record.
“It was painful. It’s painful now,” Mr Powell told ABC News in 2005.