Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died Monday morning from complications of COVID-19. He was 84 and fully vaccinated.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” his family said in a Facebook post.
Powell lived in McLean and served under several Republican administrations, helping shape American foreign policy and becoming a popular political figure who transcended partisanship.
Powell was appointed Secretary of State by George W. Bush on Jan. 20, 2001, after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to his State Department biography. He served for four years, leaving the position on Jan. 26, 2005. He was the first African-American to serve in the role.
"I was proud to serve under him in the Army during Operation Desert Storm, when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pam and I are saddened by his loss and send prayers to his loved ones."
Powell is survived by his wife, Alma Vivian (Johnson) Powell, whom he married in 1962, as well as three children, CNN reported.