The first Black Secretary of State, Colin Powell, dies from Covid complications, cancer

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Colin Powell, the trailblazing soldier and statesman, has died from Covid complications at the age of 84.

Powell, who was fully vaccinated against Covid, had several underlying conditions. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and had been treated recently for multiple myeloma, according to a Powell family spokesperson.

Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that hurts the body’s ability to fight infections. Fully vaccinated people with weakened immune systems make up a large proportion of hospitalized breakthrough cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Powell had also undergone surgery for prostate cancer when he was secretary of State nearly two decades ago.

Powell and his wife, Alma Powell, tested positive for Covid a week ago. Alma Powell, who will soon turn 84 herself, has been suffering Covid symptoms and was recovering at home, the spokesperson said.

Colin Powell had planned to get a booster shot last week, but he wasn’t feeling well enough to get it, the spokesperson added.

Tributes pour in

Powell, who served in the military from the early days of the Vietnam era through America’s first war with Iraq, was the nation’s first Black national security advisor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of State.

Leaders and former colleagues hailed him as a leader and a hero. Former President George W. Bush, whom Powell served as secretary of State, praised him as a “great public servant.” His successor at the State Department, Condoleezza Rice, called Powell “a truly great man.”

President Joe Biden called Powell his friend and fondly remembered that the late statesman and general “could drive his Corvette Stingray like nobody’s business.”

“Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all,” Biden said in a statement. “Having fought in wars, he understood better than anyone that military might alone was not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity.”

Biden ordered flags to be lowered in Powell’s honor through Friday.

Powell, who identified as a Republican, didn’t always toe the party line. He endorsed Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during their presidential campaigns.

“You can be a Republican and still feel strongly about issues such as immigration and improving our education system and doing something about some of the social problems that exist in our society and our country,” he explained in an interview with MSNBC in 2014.

Obama on Monday called Powell “an exemplary patriot,” while remarking on the historic nature of the late leader’s accomplishments.

“Along the way, General Powell helped a generation of young people set their sights higher. He never denied the role that race played in his own life and in our society more broadly,” Obama said in a statement. “But he also refused to accept that race would limit his dreams, and through his steady and principled leadership, helped pave the way for so many who would follow.”

Powell most recently endorsed Biden in his run against then-President Donald Trump.

Powell’s death also triggered reminders of one of the darker moments in his otherwise distinguished career.

After four decades in public service as America’s top soldier, diplomat and national security advisor, Powell’s influence in shaping U.S. diplomacy was later marred by his argument for the Iraq War, which started in 2003.

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100+ comentarios:

Let's Go Brandon 2024
Let's Go Brandon 2024:
Forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe, for the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was made of wood, he was one of them'!
( good riddles rhino! )
Jasper Silver
Jasper Silver:
“The fact that Colin Powell died from a breakthrough COVID infection raises new concerns about how effective vaccines are long-term,” the White House correspondent tweeted.
عبدالله العنزي
عبدالله العنزي:
An American general in military uniform and killed thousands of children and women, and this is the case for American officers and soldiers, if he was a hero. Let him face the Korean, Chinese or Russian soldiers. They know where their fate will be, and what happened to John McCain when they put the Vietnamese in an underground dungeon that was meant for the Americans was a clear message.
kaylah williams4L
kaylah williams4L:
Such a beautiful spirit
Epic human beeing ! Just, fair, strong, amazing mentor...

Hope it's fake news and he's hiding at some good place...
Condolences to his family!
Joram Velasco (J.V.)
Joram Velasco (J.V.) :
Colin Powell 1937 - 2021
"fully vaccinated"
Nobody Knows
Nobody Knows:
84 years old with cancer but dies from covid. Typical media. Rip.
Mike Wu
Mike Wu:
My condolence with US-made detergent !
Ernest Wooley
Ernest Wooley:
Colin Powell was a excellent soldier and person... IDC WHAT ANYONE ELSE'S OPINION!!!!
Guitar Overkill
Guitar Overkill:
Another example of a person who had multiple other health issues and still Covid is blamed for his death. The dude was old.
boltsoup boltsoup
boltsoup boltsoup:
What complications exactly??? Specify them!
Jared Dawo
Jared Dawo:
Fare thee well brother.
Moreh Yeshiah Torah Lessons
Moreh Yeshiah Torah Lessons:
He died at 84...may he rest in peace... See when you telling a may mention the wrong ailment...Not that men do not get breast cancer...
Tonya Anderson
Tonya Anderson:
He was respected in the light of remaining with his dear wife until the end.
🤔... De Hussain fight?........folk still dinkin' (thinking) 'bout dat dere.
alohem uahya
alohem uahya:
When they lie about me , Christ YAHWEH always catches up to them, in the end...don't ask,and do not spell!!!
Shahzad Razi
Shahzad Razi:
Can someone update, how's he doing now?
Rico Baca
Rico Baca:
He died of old age. 🌬
J K:
What's to fear with racist quotas, policies and affirmative action?
Jon Kelley
Jon Kelley:
Let's keep making everything about race. It's working out so well.
Kattubava Sahul
Kattubava Sahul:
Thousand of innocent, helpless people died in Iraq, because of his stupidity, old people, women children. These psychopath went to war killing people... He didn't learn anything from the slavery days...The world is a better place. Condolences are for good men with integrity not the slave of the psychopaths. I hope he'll find WMD now . Its easy to say, 'a
Sheila Cavanaugh
Sheila Cavanaugh:
Biden called him a patroitt ! Yet he said I had to VOTE for OBAMA !
rio Babic
rio Babic:
He went along with weapons of mass destruction, enough said !
Scumbag Steve
Scumbag Steve:
he was fully vaxxed by the way
Condolences 🙏
Content Creator
Content Creator:
Rip in 🔥🔥🔥 for ♾
Urbn -
Urbn -:
NobuLL man
NobuLL man:
Did he know too much?...If the dead could speak the evil would fail.
Paul Schneider
Paul Schneider:
At the end, was he a patsy for the Neocons?
Shamekia Lampkin
Shamekia Lampkin:
How about speak on the Joe Biden past 4 decades I dare anyone black then say yes I'm proud of Jow
goh cheesin
goh cheesin:
Welcome to the 'Heaven of Fire' said from the Devil to Colin Powell.
Now, would you like to further explain regard to the 'Washing Powder' ??
Nothing to be proud, but shame.
asma ubaid
asma ubaid:
Justice has now begun in court of God where there will be no escape from eternal and terrible consequences of murdering millions innocents Iraqi civilians, who had nothing to do with terrorism .Rest in hell collin! The sufferings of the killed Iraqis was short but Your infinite torment has begun
Kharly R
Kharly R:
How come from covid if he was vaccinated and suppossibly that avoids complications? Hmm interesting and they want to force us to get the 3rd one for people with health issues ...I don't think so that will send u faster to the other in peace sir
Rhonda Cranford
Rhonda Cranford:
Come on he died from old age and some complications why is covid blamed for every death now?
People don’t die from old age anymore?
This is crazy times!
He was sick!
John K
John K:
Jesus Christ saves from sin.
Romans 3: 23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Hebrews 9: 27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Isaiah 64: 6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Revelation 21: 8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Romans 5: 8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3: 16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 14: 6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Romans 10: 9-10.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Jesus said John 5: 24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
1John 5: 10-13
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Ephesians 2: 8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Romans 8: 1
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 15: 3-4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5: 21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Cute Kitten
Cute Kitten:
Sure, let's remember him. How about this one: On January 21, 1991, the US bombed the only factory that produced baby formula in all of Iraq. Shortly after, Colin Powell dismissed the attack: “It is not an infant formula factory…It was a biological weapons facility, of that we are sure.”
Or maybe this - Colin Powell on his time in Vietnam: “We burned down the thatched huts, starting the blaze with Ronson and Zippo lighters…Ho Chi Minh had said the people were like the sea in which his guerrillas swam…We tried to solve the problem by making the whole sea uninhabitable.”
Here is another memory: Colin Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when the US invaded Panama on December 20, 1989. US forces dropped 442 bombs and killed hundreds of civilians in the first 12 hours. Powell declared: "We have put a shingle outside our door saying, 'Superpower lives here.'"
My outstanding memory of Mr. Powell is him at the UN making the case for war. RIP hopefully.
# A.Star.
# A.Star.:
Nope! He had blood cancer you lying vultures!
Jacob Grzywinski
Jacob Grzywinski:
I would like to pay tribute to 600 000 Iraqi lives lost in barbaric bombing and artillery shelling. People of Iraq we remember! God’s justice is done!
Leyleh Adoris
Leyleh Adoris:
Of course it had to be from Covid.
SSJ Venom
SSJ Venom:
I'm glad he' was FULLY vaccinated. Now I can sleep.
Ali Bouabib
Ali Bouabib:
The architect of the establishment of the Greater State of Israel to hell and miserable fate
Ali Bouabib
Ali Bouabib:
The architect of the establishment of the Greater State of Israel to hell and miserable fate
Mocatoto Butter
Mocatoto Butter:
Macron: Sacrebleu! He escaped the ICJ!
Nic ,
Nic ,:
Covid didn’t do it alone. HE’S WAS OLD!!!!!
Lady Niglicious
Lady Niglicious:
He wasn't black he was biracial. There's a difference
Leedle Leedle
Leedle Leedle:
Rolando Perez
Rolando Perez:
Every time a war criminal dies, an angel gets his wings. Finally we can say America comes out ahead! For those that liked him, you shouldn't worry since Satan already had a special place for him.
Good riddance to the war criminal
smwikipedia smwikipedia
smwikipedia smwikipedia:
RIP: Rest in Powder...
Breast cancer?!
Trish Kuhne
Trish Kuhne:
Why is our Flag at half mast? Bet he wishes he choose the right path instead of the left. He has now stepped out of time into eternity.
Alva Barragan
Alva Barragan:
If his parents were from Jamaica, a Caribbean Island, how is that Africa.? Why is he labeled "African American??" He was simply American.
Kien Wen Chang
Kien Wen Chang:
I Telled Civilisation Secrets.

Skippy 4077
Skippy 4077:
The dude was practically white
Allen Lau
Allen Lau:
I remember him as Mr Detergent, RIP to all the Iraqis killed because of him
One war criminal gone
Jesse Nirrin
Jesse Nirrin:
Hope he can finally find those weapons in hell
Keith Jefferson
Keith Jefferson:
Even though i think "Colin Powell" was nothing more than another imperialist warmonger, atleast we witnessed his regret.
Ems Life
Ems Life:
cancer is secondary huh lol
Ima Bach
Ima Bach:
Daniel Peterson
Daniel Peterson:
War criminal.
Cora Sanders
Cora Sanders:
War criminal.
Frank Drebbon
Frank Drebbon:
Hell is very real. So is Heaven. God Almighty is both of them.
Bryan Kay
Bryan Kay:
"Its kinda hot down here"
- Colin Powell
Rychy St. Vincent
Rychy St. Vincent:
COLIN POWELL is dead now. We all have this fate. We all have those in higher and lower places who’ll speak of us afterwards. Some will exalt us in words of truth, praise and honor. And if we’ve been vicious, dishonest and divisive; the words of exaltation will be trumped with flowering lies.
Al Edwards
Al Edwards:
One of the first men to put party for country.

A man of integrity, until forced to choose between an idiot GOP president and the USA, Powell was an inspirational example to Trump, Mitch, Lindsay, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Steve Bannon.
Tessa Health and Beauty
Tessa Health and Beauty:
It’s so weird all these General Colin Powell haters but I went to General SchwortzKopf’s announcement of him passing and saw nothing but praises. When Schwortzkopf was Powell boss. I wonder why Powell gets the hate? I already know.
Fuck YouTube
Fuck YouTube:
Good Riddance...
Raymond Chow
Raymond Chow:
Walmart Laundry Detergent Poisoning
NobuLL man
NobuLL man:
It is done - Mastedon/lyrics. Hope 4 u. Sound like kansas..woohoo.
i just as soon not remember him tbh
Eye for an eye
Eye for an eye:
I bet he was vaccinated
Brian Singh
Brian Singh:
RIP Senator🙏
حارث محمد Hareth
حارث محمد Hareth:
Life sometimes an annoying meaningful contradictions, if America didn’t enter iraq in 2003 then we wouldn’t have a baby democracy trying to walk now in iraq , greetings from iraq
I'd rather forget
Carnell D.i.Y To be great
Carnell D.i.Y To be great:
Rip me Powell. But I think him lien about the Iraq war was the most disgusting thing
W Thomas
W Thomas:
His children are still alive, what about ours
Venge Ance
Venge Ance:
Maybe he went to hell to look for his damned WMD's? Or are your memories so short?
A war pig dies, sharing his responsibility for hundreds of thousands needless deaths.
Jane Edwards
Jane Edwards:
He took the cowards way out, before he got exposed & his off spider is dead 2 coincidence 🤔😉
Hard to feel bad over a person that lied about WMD's and whose actions caused the death's of many
Gemini Twin
Gemini Twin:
Still trust the science? 🤔
la mou klozy
la mou klozy:
I think that any religious belief in this land will not forgive this criminal and his aides
Mrs OBrian
Mrs OBrian:
Failed wars. War criminal. Signed off on torture. Countless misery and death. May the devil show you Dante's hell.
Reed Wylie-Chaney
Reed Wylie-Chaney:
oh no war criminal dies
Sasan Sayad
Sasan Sayad:
this is the best news ever .... he will be remembered as the man who lied to the world about IRAQ and this led to the death 800000 innocencent children and woman ..shame on him
Mr Eric
Mr Eric:
Rip General Powell
Steven cotton
Steven cotton:
The gates of hell are wide open
A remarkable man with an incredible career serving our country... Thank you Mr Powell... I didn't always agree with his politics including his last endorsement... With this administration still preaching Shut Up, take the vax and all the boosters and don't ask questions...Uhh yeah right!!! Not me!!!
igger #2
igger #2:
Finally some good news!
Justin Drake
Justin Drake:
Good riddins
Hosam Rohana
Hosam Rohana:
He was fully vaxxxed.
Cameron LaPage
Cameron LaPage:
I think I'd have an easier time trying to find and translate the original Hebrew Bible than try to make intelligible statements out of most of these comments.
Fox 97
Fox 97:
Special place in hell for the man responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent Iraqis.
Mr. Right
Mr. Right:
the enemy is dead
harry lazard
harry lazard:
I lost respect for Colin Powell when he indorsed Obama because "It's time we had a black president".
Johanna Butler
Johanna Butler:
He was a true Patriot!!!!! God bless you sir and thank you for u for all your service ❤️🙏🏻💙
Biden beat Turmp 306-232
Biden beat Turmp 306-232:
They say spouses dont live long after their true love dies. His was the war in the middle east .. war criminal