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'great American' Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies from Covid-19 complications aged 84

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father and grandfather and a great American,” his family said.

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Colin Powell (Yui Mok/PA)

Colin Powell (Yui Mok/PA)

Colin Powell (Yui Mok/PA)

Colin Powell, the former US joint chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from Covid-19 complications, his family said.

In an announcement on social media, the family said Mr Powell, who was 84, had been fully vaccinated.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father and grandfather and a great American,” the family said.

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Then prime minister Tony Blair (left) greeting then US secretary of state Colin Powell (Sean Dempsey/PA)

Then prime minister Tony Blair (left) greeting then US secretary of state Colin Powell (Sean Dempsey/PA)

Then prime minister Tony Blair (left) greeting then US secretary of state Colin Powell (Sean Dempsey/PA)

His reputation also suffered a painful setback when, in 2003, Mr Powell went before the UN Security Council and made the case for the war against Iraq.

He cited faulty information claiming Saddam Hussein had secretly stashed away weapons of mass destruction.

Iraq’s claims that it had not represented “a web of lies”, he told the world body.

Former US president George W. Bush said he and former first lady Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by Mr Powell’s death.

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President George W Bush takes part in round table discussion on HIV/Aids with Tony Blair, Hilary Benn and Colin Powell (Archive/PA)

President George W Bush takes part in round table discussion on HIV/Aids with Tony Blair, Hilary Benn and Colin Powell (Archive/PA)

President George W Bush takes part in round table discussion on HIV/Aids with Tony Blair, Hilary Benn and Colin Powell (Archive/PA)

“He was a great public servant” and “widely respected at home and abroad,” Mr Bush said.

“And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend.

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“Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man.”

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