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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died of COVID complications

15:43, 18 October 2021
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died of COVID complications Photo: Philippe Farjon/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

The first African-American US Secretary served five years under George W. Bush in 2001-2005.


Colin Powell’s family announced on Facebook that the former US Secretary of State died on Monday morning due to COVID-related complications. The 84-year-old man was fully vaccinated.

Apart from the US Secretary position Powell’s political experience also includes posts of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush and the National Security Advisor under Ronald Reagan. He also participated in the Vietnam war.

Powell played one of the main roles in the events preceding the 2003 invasion of Iraq, precisely his presentation to the UN Security Council presuming that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein possessed huge reserves of biological weapons. He later confessed that the speech was inaccurate and qualified it as a black part of his career.

He also intended to run for the presidency after leaving the Secretary post but was persuaded to abandon the idea by his wife Alma.