The retired four-star general served as the 65th United States Secretary of State and was the first African-American to hold that position.
After growing up in New York City, Powell joined the Army after graduating from the City University of New York.
Powell served his country for decades, first as a national security advisor to President Ronald Reagan during his administration, and became the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military appointment in the Department of Defense.
Powell most notably served as Secretary of State under then-President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005 and handled diplomacy affairs after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
— Colin Powell (@ColinPowellCCNY) April 25, 2016
In a statement posted on Facebook by his family early this morning, “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. He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American. The Powell Family.”
At the bottom of the post, Facebook linked information to its COVID-19 Information Center in order to get more information.
Within half an hour of posting, the post received over nine thousand reactions, two thousand comments, and had been shared almost six thousand times.
To my beautiful wife, time has only strengthened us and in these 53 years no other woman can hold my heart. ⏳🍾 pic.twitter.com/52N50pCPv3
— Colin Powell (@ColinPowellCCNY) April 26, 2016
Many people took to social media to offer their condolences and prayers for the Powell family.
“May this great man Rest In Peace; thank you for your service to your Country as well as your Wisdom and Truth,” one person wrote. “You Sir were one of the last Great Republicans. Prayers and condolences for your family.”
“My deepest condolences. I had the chance to speak with General Powell several years ago and it was a powerful experience,” another shared. “Thank you for your service, sir. May you Rest In Peace.”
Another added, “Thank you General Powell for your service, passion, and dedication. Condolences to the family during this time of transition. A great American hero, fearless leader, and an inspiration to many – journey well!”
Powell is survived by his wife, Alma Powell, three children, and two grandchildren.