Colin Powell has died at the age of 84 following being diagnosed with Covid-19.
Powell was the first Black US Secretary of State and he died from complications as a result of Covid-19, his family confirmed.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said.
Powell famously made the case for the invasion of Iraq following the September 11th attacks, a move which would tarnish his career.
He found it difficult to live down the February 2003 speech to the United Nations Security Council about the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
The evidence he provided to the Security Council later turned out to be false.
Powell said in an interview in 2005 with ABC news: “It’s a blot… and will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It’s painful now.”
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