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Colin Powell: Former US secretary of state dies of Covid complications

Colin Powell: Former US secretary of state dies of Covid complications

Tributes are being paid to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has died of Covid-19 complications aged 84.

The former top military officer died on Monday morning, his family said.

He rose to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican President George W Bush.

Powell, who was fully vaccinated, later prompted controversy for his role in garnering support for the Iraq War.

"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," the family said in a statement, thanking the staff at the Walter Reid Medical Center "for their caring treatment".

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Author: BBC

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