Colin Powell, Former US Secretary of State and the First Black Secretary of State, is dead.
In a statement, the family said he died of COVID-19 complications.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the statement read.
“We want to thank the medical staff… for their caring treatment.”
The statement also added that said he had been fully vaccinated against Covid.
Powell has served as National Security Adviser to former President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to 1989 and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former President George HW Bush former President Bill Clinton from 1989 to 1993.
He was also a former top military officer who rose to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican George W Bush.