Ex-US Secretary of State Colin Powell has died of Covid-19
Even though the 84-year-old was fully vaccinated against corona, Colin Powell died as a result of an infection. Due to a blood disease, he was in the risk group with likely vaccine breakthroughs. George W. Bush was saddened.
Dhe former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is dead. The retired general died at the age of 84 from complications as a result of a corona infection, as his family announced on Monday on the online network Facebook. He had therefore been vaccinated against the virus. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American,” the family declared.
According to the American media, Powell has multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that prevents the body from fighting infection. Powell belongs to the immunosuppressive risk group for whom vaccination breakthroughs are most likely.
From 2001 to 2005, under President George W. Bush, the Republican was the first African American in history to be the US Secretary of State. Powell is known, among other things, for a controversial appearance at the United Nations in 2003, where he presented alleged evidence of weapons of mass destruction, which Baghdad did not even have, to justify a US invasion of Iraq.
Prior to his time as Secretary of State, Powell was – also the first African American – US Chief of Staff. Ahead of the presidential election last November, the Republican stood behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden and against Republican incumbent Donald Trump.
Bush is deeply saddened
His reputation later suffered as a result of his campaigning for the war against Iraq before the UN Security Council in 2003, based on false information. Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein had secretly stored weapons of mass destruction, he said – an allegation that later turned out to be false.
Bush stated in an initial response that he and his wife Laura were deeply saddened by Powell’s death. This has enjoyed high recognition in the United States and abroad, he said.