November 29, 2021

Global News Archive

News archives from around the world.

Colin Powell has died of COVID-19 complications, family says – OregonLive

1 min read

Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday. He was 84.

In an announcement on social media, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. A spokeswoman for the Powell family told the New York Times that Powell had received treatment for multiple myeloma, which compromised his immune system.

Immunocompromised people, like those being treated for many types of cancers, often cannot produce a strong response to vaccines.

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

Powell was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state.

But his reputation also suffered a painful setback when, in 2003, Powell went before the U.N. Security Council and made the case for U.S. war against Iraq. He cited faulty information claiming Saddam Hussein had secretly stashed away weapons of mass destruction. Iraq’s claims that it had not represented “a web of lies,” he told the world body.

–The Associated Press

Source Link

Leave a Reply

Copyright ©2016-2021 Global News Archive. All rights reserved.