The first black person to become National Security Advisor, Secretary of State and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff in the U.S. Colin Powell, has died at the age of 84 due to complications from Covid-19. Colin Powell was vaccinated, as announced by his family in the statement.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American. He was fully vaccinated,” his family wrote in the statement, talking about how he was fully vaccinated.
He had a decades-long career in the army that made him the national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan in 1987 before he was appointed as Joint Chief of Staff in 1991. Colin Powell was also appointed as the secretary of state for U.S. diplomacy during President George W. Bush’s era from 2001 to 2005.
Colin Powell therefore, not only endorsed but was actively involved with the Republican Party throughout his time in office. In 2008 and onwards, however, he was supportive and endorsed Barack Obama for President via the Democratic Party. He completely disentangled himself from the Republican Party under former President Donald Trump’s administration.
“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. Many Presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel and experience.” said former President George W. Bush, under whom Colin Powell served many years of service, adding “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.”
Colin’s service in the military was also remarkable as he never made his political leanings. Moreover, he also served both Republican and Democratic administrations.