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Colin Powell death updates – Vaccinated icon’s cause of death cited as Covid complications as Obama & Bush pay tribute

COLIN Powell the first black US Secretary of State passes away after Covid complications.

Powell's family announced his death on Monday in a Facebook post. 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," Powell's family wrote.

"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American," the family said.

Powell was fully vaccinated against Covid, his family also stated.

Read our Colin Powell live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • WHERE DID COLIN POWELL DIE?

    According to CNN's Jake Tapper, Powell was fighting multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body's immune response, which was a major challenge when he contracted Covid.

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

    He died due to complications from Covid 19.

  • AL SHARPTON'S TRIBUTE

    The Rev Al Sharpton also released a statement after Colin Powell's death was announced.

    He tweeted, "My condolences to the family of Colin Powell. Though we disagreed on many issues, I always respected him and was proud of his achievements."

    "When he and I ran into each other and conversed, I always left feeling he was a sincere and committed man to what he believed in. RIP."

  • DICK CHENEY'S STATEMENT ON COLIN POWELL'S PASSING

    The following statement was released from Dick Cheney after the passing of Colin Powell:

    "I’m deeply saddened to learn that America has lost a leader and statesman. General Powell had a remarkably distinguished career, and I was fortunate to work with him. He was a man who loved his country and served her long and well."

    “Working with him during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, I saw first-hand General Powell’s dedication to the United States and his commitment to the brave and selfless men and women who serve our country in uniform. Colin was a trailblazer and role model for so many: the son of immigrants who rose to become National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Secretary of State."

    ”Lynne and I extend our prayers and profound condolences to his wife, Alma, and to their children," in concluded.

    "His legacy and unparalleled record of service will never be forgotten."

  • LIZ CHENEY RELEASES STATEMENT FROM DICK CHENEY

    Liz Cheney shared a statement from Dick Cheney on Twitter.

    "Very sorry to hear of the passing of General Colin Powell. He was a statesman and a leader who loved and served our nation."

  • COLIN POWELL'S DEATH: FAMILY STATEMENT

    "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."

    "He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment."

    "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American. The Powell Family."

  • WAS COLIN POWELL VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19?

    Colin Powell's family said in a statement that he was vaccinated against Covid-19.

    However, there is still a chance of dying of complications even if someone is vaccinated.

    "Since the start of the pandemic, people 65 and older have been at greatest risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 compared to other age groups, and represent nearly 80% of all COVID-19 deaths as of September 29, 2021," the Kaiser Family Foundation reported.

    Powell was 84.

  • REPORTER NOTES THAT POWELL WAS IMMUNOCOMPROMISED

    "Gen. Colin Powell had multiple myeloma, @jaketapper reports," Many Raju pointed out on Twitter.

    "Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response. Even if fully vaccinated against Covid-19, immunocompromised are at greater risk from the coronavirus."

  • CONGRESSMAN REMEMBERS COLIN POWELL

    "As a Black man just trying to figure out the world, Colin Powell was an inspiration," Congressman Jamaal Bowman shared on Twitter.

    "He was from NYC, went to City College, and rose to the highest ranks of our nation. Sending love, strength and prayer to the family and friends of Secretary Powell. Rest in power sir."

  • HOW LONG WAS COLIN POWELL IN POLITICS, CONTINUED

    He was also the youngest and first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush.

    After leaving the Bush administration, Powell returned to private life.

    He joined the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins in 2005, where he worked as a strategic adviser until his death.

  • HOW LONG WAS COLIN POWELL IN POLITICS?

    Powell was a diplomat and retired four-star general who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005.

    He was born and raised in Harlem, New York.

    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 politician became the first Black national security adviser during the end of Ronald Reagan's presidency,

  • DID COLIN POWELL HAVE KIDS?

    Colin Powell is survived by his wife Alma Powell, their children, and his grandchildren.

    Alma and Colin tied the knot in 1962 and had been together almost 60 years prior to his death.

    Their children include: Annemarie, Michael, 58, and Linda, 55.

  • WAS COLIN POWELL MARRIED?

    Powell married Alma Johnson on August 25, 1962.

    She was born October 27, 1937, and is known as an American audiologist.

    The Birmingham, Alabama, native graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to study speech pathology and audiology at Emerson College in Boston.

    The couple was together almost 60 years prior to his death.

  • WHAT WAS COLIN POWELL'S CAUSE OF DEATH?

    Powell reportedly passed away due to complications from Covid-19.

    Powell's family announced his death in a Facebook post. 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," Powell's family wrote.

  • FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH ON POWELL'S DEATH

    Former President George W Bush released a statement about the announcement of Colin Powell's death.

    "Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell. He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam," it began.

    "Many Presidents relied on General Powell's counsel and experience. He was National Security Adviser under President Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under my father and President Clinton, and Secretary of State during my Administration."

    "He was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom - twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend."

    "Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man," the statement concluded.

  • WHERE WAS COLIN POWELL BORN?

    Powell was born in New York City, specifically in Harlem in Manhattan.

    He was raised in the South Bronx and first went to college at the City College of New York.

  • WHEN WAS COLIN POWELL SECRETARY OF STATE?

    Powell served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005.

    He was the first African-American Secretary of State.

    He held the role under President George W. Bush.

  • 'A STAGGERING LOSS'

    "A staggering loss," an MSNBC analyst said on Twitter of Powell's death.

    "Colin Powell is now for the ages, after a lifetime of service to America. Thank you for your love and service to country, General Powell."

  • CHAIR OF DNC SHARES TRIBUTE

    The chair of the DNC, Jaime Harrison, shared a tribute to Colin Powell on Twitter.

    "This is hitting me hard. Colin Powell was a statesman who put his country & family above all else," he wrote.

    "As a young Black man, he inspired me & showed that there are no limits to what we can be or achieve. Sending my prayers to his family. Rest In Peace Secty."

  • ACTIVIST STACEY ABRAMS ON COLIN POWELL'S DEATH

    "Godspeed to Secretary Colin Powell who led with integrity, admitted fallibility and defended democracy," Stacey Abrams wrote on Twitter.

    "Deepest condolences to his loved ones and friends."

  • WAS COLIN POWELL VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19?

    Colin Powell's family said in a statement that he was vaccinated against Covid-19.

    However, there is still a chance of dying of complications even if someone is vaccinated.

    "Since the start of the pandemic, people 65 and older have been at greatest risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 compared to other age groups, and represent nearly 80% of all COVID-19 deaths as of September 29, 2021," the Kaiser Family Foundation reported.

    Powell was 84.

  • COLIN POWELL'S DEATH: FAMILY STATEMENT

    "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."

    "He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment."

    "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American. The Powell Family."