Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell Dies At 84

General Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. Secretary of State, has died at the age of 84.

Powell’s family wrote in a post Monday morning that he died due to complications from COVID-19. They say he was fully vaccinated.

He served as both the Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H. W. Bush, and helped shape foreign policy here in America.

“It’s a sad day,” said Dr. Steven Bucci, a former Pentagon official who now resides in Traverse City. “He spent his entire life serving this country. Almost every job he took, he was the first black man to get it particularly those at the top.”

Dr. Bucci served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense when Powell was Secretary of State.

“He’s not the kind of guy who did tell-all books afterwards,” said Dr. Bucci. “He served the nation, he served the presidents under whom he was appointed with great distinction and with great dignity.”

Powell became something of a national hero, enjoying a 71% favorability rating in the first few years after the first war in Iraq.

He started from humble beginnings, serving as a soldier whose career took him from combat duty in Vietnam to become one of the most influential men in American politics.

“I think he’s a great example for our national leaders today to try and emulate,” said Dr. Bucci.

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