Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies of Covid complications, age 84

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Colin Powell, the former secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died from complications of coronavrius. 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 wrote on Facebook. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said, noting he was fully vaccinated.

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

He left behind an indelible reputation as a straight-shooter who considered — then rejected — a run for the presidency.

But his reputation was forever stained 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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