On Monday, October 18, 2021, the family of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced his death at the age of 84, after suffering complications from his recent infection with the emerging coronavirus.
The family said, in a statement via Facebook, that he died Monday morning due to complications from “Covid-19”, noting that Powell had received all doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
The family thanked the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for the treatment and care they provided, adding, “We have lost a wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”
Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the administration of US President George W. Bush (the father) during the 1991 Gulf War when US-led forces expelled Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
After that war, Powell’s popularity soared, that his name was put forward as a prominent contender in the US presidential election.
Powell, a moderate Republican, would later serve as Secretary of State in President George W. Bush’s administration, becoming the first African American to hold the top position.
While during the rule of former US President Donald Trump, he expressed his dissatisfaction with Trump’s approach in dealing with many events, especially the protests that erupted in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
At that time, Trump launched an attack on Powell, who said he would “vote for Joe Biden in the next presidential election”, and blamed him for the Iraq war.
However, his reputation will forever be tarnished after he, as Secretary of State of George Bush (Jr.), prompted the United Nations to submit false intelligence to the United Nations in defense of the Iraq war, which he later described as a “disgrace” on his record.