Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from COVID-19 complications, family says

Powell was 84 years old

File Photo (AP) (Uncredited)

SAN ANTONIO – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died Monday from COVID-19 complications, his family announced.

The announcement was made on Powell’s official social media pages.

The statement from the family said Powell, 84, was fully vaccinated.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the statement said.

The family thanked the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for “their caring treatment.”

Powell, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Army, was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state.

**Click here for a more recent and complete version of this story.

General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this...

Posted by General Colin L. Powell on Monday, October 18, 2021

About the Author:

Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 20 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.