Today’s news broke that the former Secretary of State for America Colin Powell had died. Powell was 84. According to CNN complications from COVID-19 caused Powell’s death.
His family announced on Facebook that Colin Powell, who was the first Black US secretary-general, died of complications caused by Covid-19. 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,” they said, noting he was fully vaccinated.
Powell was born April 1937 in Harlem. Powell was born in Harlem in April 1937. He graduated from Morris High School, South Bronx in 1954. After attending City College of New York he joined Reserve Officer Training Corps. Following graduation, he was made an Army Second Lieutenant. He served as an ARVN advisor during his tour of Vietnam, where he was commissioned as a captain.
From 1987 to 1989, he was President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. Powell was made a four-star general on April 29, 1989. In April 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed Powell as the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. He served this role until September 1993.
Powell served from 2001 through 2005 as Secretary-of-State under George W. Bush.
Alma Johnson was Alma Powell’s wife in 1962. The couple had two children: a son named Michael who was the chairman of FCC during the 2000s and two daughters Linda and Annemarie.