Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has died due to complication from COVID-19, according to his family. He was 84-years old.
Powell was the first black U.S. secretary of state, serving in the second Bush administration from 2001-2005. From 1989-1993, he served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.
The statement from Powell's family reads, "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."