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Colin Powell died of complications of COVID-19, family says | National News

Washington (AP) — Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and Secretary of State Colin Powell died of complications from COVID-19, his family said Monday. He was 84 years old.

In 1989, Powell became the first black president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that role, he oversaw the US invasion of Panama and later Kuwait to expel Iraqi troops in 1991.

However, when Powell attended the United Nations Security Council in 2003 and insisted on the US war in Iraq, his reputation suffered a tragic setback. He quoted false information claiming that Saddam Hussein was secretly hiding weapons of mass destruction. Iraq claims it does not represent a “net of lies,” he told world groups.

In a social media announcement, the family said Powell was completely vaccinated.

“We have lost a notable and affectionate husband, father, grandfather, and great American,” the family said.

Former President George W. Bush said he and former First Lady Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by Powell’s death.

“He was a great civil servant,” and “was widely respected at home and abroad,” Bush said. “And most importantly, Colin was a man and friend of the family. Laura and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Alma and her children for remembering the life of a great man.”

This is a developing story.



Colin Powell died of complications of COVID-19, family says | National News

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