The former US Secretary of State, Collin Powell, has died at the age of 84, due to COVID-19 complications, his family confirmed in a statement posted online.
“General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19,” the statement posted on Facebooks reads.
The statement further added “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”
Meanwhile, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response.
Even if fully vaccinated against Covid-19, those who are immunocompromised are at greater risk from the virus, the source added.
Powell became the first black American to assume the office as the Secretary of State while Goerge W Bush was serving as the President of the United States.
He also became the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bush after rising through military ranks.