Harlem-native Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chair and Secretary of State, dead from COVID-19 complications at 84


General Colin Powell, the Harlem native who helped lead the U.S. into battle as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later as Secretary of State, has died at the age of 84 from complications related to COVID-19, his family announced Monday.

Powell, who had been fully vaccinated but also battling multiple myeloma, succumbed to the virus while undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Washington, according to a statement left by the Powell family on the secretary’s Facebook page.