Former Secretary of State Colin Powell Dies at 84

Headline Roundup October 18th, 2021

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday. Powell, who was fully vaccinated, was being treated at Walter Reed National Medical Center and was reportedly also suffering from multiple myeloma. After decades of military service, Powell served as Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H. Bush and then as Secretary of State for President George W. Bush.  He was a four-star general who was often mentioned as a possible candidate for president, but never ran. President Joe Biden released a statement Monday calling Powell a "dear friend and a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity."

The news was covered prominently across the spectrum Monday, with most recalling Powell's military career and work as Secretary of State. Some left-rated sources framed Powell's handling of the Iraq War in a negative light. 

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Colin Powell, coronavirus

Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 due to complications from COVID-19. He was fully vaccinated, his family said in a statement on Facebook.

"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," his family said, offering thanks to the staff of the hospital near Washington, D.C. who treated Powell but providing few details about his illness.

Powell was one of America's most prominent Black figures for decades. He served three Republican presidents in...

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Colin Powell, coronavirus

Colin Powell, an accomplished and esteemed four-star general who became the first African American secretary of State, died Monday as a result of complications from Covid-19, according to his family. He was 84.

Powell was fully vaccinated against Covid-19, his family said in a statement posted to Facebook. With his death, the former soldier and statesman becomes perhaps the most high-profile American public figure to succumb to a so-called breakthrough infection of the novel coronavirus.

“We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their...

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Former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell has died at age 84 of COVID-19 complications.

Powell was fully vaccinated and being cared for at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., at the time of his death on Monday morning. After decades of military experience, including tours in Vietnam, Powell served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005 and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993....

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