Former Secretary of State and retired Gen. Colin Powell has died at age 84, his family announced Monday.
Powell “passed away this morning due to complications from COVID-19,” the family said in a statement.
The news of the passing of the highly decorated veteran and high-ranking civil servant was also reported by the New York Times.
“Colin L. Powell, who in four decades of public life served as the nation’s top soldier, diplomat and national security adviser, and whose speech at the United Nations in 2003 helped pave the way for the United States to go to war in Iraq, died on Monday,” the Times reported. “He was 84.”
Mr. Powell’s untimely death will serve as a reminder that vaccination does not prevent Covid-19 infection. The average age of death from Covid-19 is 78 years old and the virus has predominately been a scourge of the elderly and infirm. The survival rate for all Americans under the age of 50 is 99.987%; but the risk increases considerably incrementally above that marker.
He was part of the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations, with positions including national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and secretary of state.
Powell was a Republican but had grown increasingly disenchanted with the party, appearing at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in 2020 and endorsing then-candidate Joe Biden over incumbent Donald Trump.Colin Powell Short Bio
Condolences began coming in Monday after news of Powell’s death spread.
“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,” former President George W. Bush said on Twitter.
“The world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters in Washington. “Alma lost a great husband, and the family lost a tremendous father. And I lost a tremendous personal friend and mentor. We will certainly miss him.”
Colin Powell’s death from Covid-19 complications despite being fully vaccinated will prove to be a matter of significant contention after his passing. Colin Powell will remain a public servant, even after after his death.
Sources: Media – Officials