Colin Powell, who served as US secretary of state and was a high-ranking military leader, has died from Covid-19-related complications aged 84, his family said in a statement on Monday.

“General Colin L Powell, former US secretary of state and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid-19,” the Powell family said on his Facebook page.

“He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”

Powell was America’s highest-ranking diplomat during George W Bush’s administration at the time of the Iraq war that started in 2003, and chair of the joint chiefs of staff during George HW Bush’s presidency.

Powell was a Republican, but in 2008 supported Barack Obama for president in the race against John McCain. He backed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump.

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