Colin Powell, First Black, And Former U.S. Secretary Died

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Colin Powell, First Black, And Former U.S. Secretary Died
19 Oct 2021
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Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants who ascended to become the first African-American US secretary of state and a senior military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84. Powell's immune system has been weakened by therapy for multiple myeloma. Despite being completely vaccinated against Covid-19, his family claims he died from a disease-related consequence. According to the report, even if completely vaccinated, a person who is immunocompromised has a higher chance of dying from coronavirus.

For decades, Powell was one of America's most prominent personalities. Three Republican presidents appointed him to high positions, and he rose to the top of the US military as it recovered from the trauma of the Vietnam War. He was also Bill Clinton's first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as former President George W. Bush's first African-American secretary of state. He was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush as a four-star army general during the 1991 Gulf War, when US-led forces evicted Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait. Powell, the highest US military officer during his father's administration, had been appointed Secretary of State by Bush in 2001. His image was damaged in 2003 when he presented bogus evidence to the UN to justify war with Iraq despite grave reservations.

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