The Guardian (Nigeria)
Tributes as former U. S. secretary of state dies of COVID- 19
COLIN Powell, the first Black U. S. secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, has died from COVID- 19 complications, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.
According to a statement by his family, he had been fully vaccinated against COVID- 19.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” a statement said.
“We want to thank the medical staff for their caring treatment,” it added.
A source familiar with the matter said Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response. Even if fully vaccinated against COVID- 19, those who are immunocompromised are at greater risk from the virus.
George W Bush was among the first to pay tribute, saying that Powell was “a great public servant” who was “such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend.”
Former Vice- President, Mike Pence, offered his condolences to the Powell’s family as well.
“Powell was a true American patriot who served our nation with distinction in uniform, as a four- star general, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and as 65th Secretary of State,” Pence said on Twitter.
Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, said in a statement that he was an American icon whose career in public service will always be celebrated and remembered.