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Breaking: Colin Powell, First Black US Secretary Of State Dies From COVID-19 Complications

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General Colin L. Powell, former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first Black Secretary of State of the United States has died on Monday following COVID-19 complications.
Powell died at age 84 at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C, despite being fully vaccinated. Powell's death was announced by his family on Facebook, saying "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", the family said.

Powell served as a top soldier and diplomat for four decades. He showed professionalism in his career, fighting in Vietnam, becoming the first national security adviser, and also becoming the youngest as well as first black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush.

He was born on April 5, 1937, to a family of Jamaican immigrants in the Bronx, New York. He joined the US Army in 1958, serving two tours in South Vietnam in the 1960s.

Powell proceeded to attend the National War College after returning home with an injury sustained involving a helicopter crash. He rose in leadership and was later promoted to brigadier general in 1979 when he was appointed as the national security adviser by President Reagan.

Powell retired a four-star general and served as US Secretary of State between 2001 to 2005.