Gen. Colin Powell, the first Black secretary of state, served in Bush’s Cabinet from 2001-2005, died Monday at 84 from complications related to COVID-19, his family announced.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” his family said in a statement, adding that he was fully vaccinated.
The statement continued, “We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment.”
Powell was one of America’s most prominent Black figures for decades. He served three Republican presidents in senior posts and reached the top of the U.S. military as it was regaining its vigor after the trauma of the Vietnam War.
In a brief statement, the Powell family said he had died on Monday morning from COVID-19, had been fully vaccinated against the disease, reporter Reuters.
“He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam,” former President George W. Bush said in a statement. “He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom — twice.”