Colin Powell dies of Covid complications

Colin Powell Former US secretary of state dies of Covid complications
Colin Powell became a trusted military adviser to a number of leading politicians. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: Colin Powell, the former US Secretary of State, has died aged 84 of Covid-19 complications, his family has announced.

Mr Powell was a former top military officer who rose to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican president George W Bush.

A statement said: “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” adding that “We want to thank the medical staff… for their caring treatment.”

Colin Powell had been fully vaccinated against Covid, the statement said.

Former president George W Bush was among the first to pay tribute to “a family man and a friend” who “was such a favourite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice”.

Mr Powell became a trusted military adviser to a number of leading US politicians.

He, a moderate Republican who broke with his party to endorse Barack Obama in 2008, also saw service and was wounded in Vietnam, an experience that later helped define his own military and political strategies.

However, for many Mr Powell is associated with the role he played in garnering support for the Iraq war, admitting a speech to the UN Security Council using faulty intelligence was “a blot” on his record.

Mr Powell told ABC News in 2005 that “It was painful. It’s painful now.”

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