The former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, is dead.
Mr Powell, 84, died of COVID-19 complications, his family announced.
The family’s statement said Mr Powell had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family’s statement quoted by the BBC said.
“We want to thank the medical staff… for their caring treatment.”
Mr Powell, a former military general, rose to become the first African-American secretary of state, under President George Bush.
As secretary of state, he became the highest-ranking Black public official to date in the country, standing fourth in the presidential line of succession back in 2001.
A highly decorated army officer, he left the army in 1993 and devoted time to writing his autobiography.
Mr Powell became a trusted military adviser to a number of leading U.S. politicians.
According to CNN, his national popularity soared in the aftermath of the US-led coalition victory during the Gulf War, and for a time in the mid-90s, he was considered a leading contender to become the first Black President of the United States.
Despite being a moderate Republican, he, in 2008, endorsed Barack Obama, a Democrat, for the U.S. presidency.
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