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First black U.S. secretary of state, Colin Powell, dies from COVID-19 complications

Former US secretary of  State Colin Powell passed away on Monday (October 18).

Powell was the the first black US secretary of state and a top military officer.

He was 84-years-old.

According to statement made by his family on Facebook, Powell died from COVID-19 complications.

The statement reveals that Powell was fully vaccinated.

A screen grab shows a statement on a page of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell obtained on October 18, 2021. in this screen grab obtained from social media. Social media website/via REUTERS

Powell was one of America’s most prominent Black figures having served three Republican presidents in senior posts.

He was the top U.S. general when U.S.-led forces drove Iraqi troops from Kuwait in 1991.


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