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His family announced on Monday on a Facebook post.

“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,” Powell’s family wrote.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said, noting he was fully vaccinated.

The Powell family confirmed the former US secretary of state passed away at Walter Reed National Medical Center, where he was receiving treatment.

The late Colin Powell

Before Barack Obama was elected president, Powell and his successor, Condoleezza Rice, were the highest-ranking African Americans in the history of the federal executive branch

The retired four-star general became the first Black national security adviser during the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency,

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