Former Secretary of State Collin Powell Loses Battle to COVID-19

October 18, 2021

Just in – News agencies are reporting that former Secretary of State, General Collin Powell, has died of complications caused by COVID-19. Born and raised in Harlem, General Powell was the first African American Secretary of State under President George W. Bush and had a military career spanning some 35 years.

Although he was fully vaccinated, he became ill and later died at age 84. His death is notably one of the most high-profile deaths linked to breakthrough infection of the novel coronavirus. According to his family, he was cared for at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

General Powell made history by serving as the first African American person to become national security advisor and chairman of the chiefs of staff.