Colin Powell, former secretary of state, dies of COVID complications at 84

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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) – Gen. Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, died early Monday from complications of COVID-19, his family said. He was 84.

Powell was being treated at Walter Reed National Medical Center, according to his family, who said he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” his family said in a statement posted to Facebook.

Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells that suppresses the body's immune response, a source told CNN. While he was vaccinated against COVID-19, people with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of complications from the coronavirus.

In addition to serving as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, Powell also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993.

Powell was born in Harlem in 1937 and raised in the South Bronx, where he attended Morris High School. He served two tours in Vietnam and was a graduate of the City College of New York and George Washing