Colin Powell Passes At 84 From Covid-19; Had Blood Cancer Which Hampered His Ability To Fight Infection

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has died from complications from COVID-19.

He was 84.

Powell did have underlying health problems, suffering from a type of blood cancer.

Powell was a retired 4-star Army General.  He rose to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell headed up America’s fight against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War.  He was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan as the first Black National Security Adviser and later by President George W. Bush as the first Black Secretary of State.

He is survived by his wife Alma and their three children.


America’s Promise Alliance Chair, former Secretary of State General Colin Powell prepares to leave the White House in Washington, Monday, July 18, 2011, after speaking to reporters following a meeting with President Barack Obama. Obama hosted an education roundtable with business leaders to discuss transforming the American education system. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Oct 18th 2021