Former US secretary of state dies of Covid complications
17:30, Monday, 18 October, 2021
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has died aged 84 of Covid-19 complications, his family has announced. He was a former top military officer who rose to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican George W Bush. "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," a statement said. "We want to thank the medical staff... for their caring treatment," it added. The statement said that he had been fully vaccinated against Covid.