Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died of Covid-19 complications at the age of 84, is honored.
The former top officer died on Monday morning, his family said. He was fully vaccinated.
Powell became the first African American Secretary of State in 2001 under Republican President George W. Bush.
It also sparked controversy for helping raise support for the Iraq war.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said in a statement, thanking the staff at Walter Reed Medical Center “for their caring treatment.”
Powell had previously been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that, according to US media, could have made him more prone to Covid symptoms as well as Parkinson’s.
President Joe Biden, who called Powell a “dear friend,” said he embodied the “highest ideals of both the warrior and the diplomat.”
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Former President Bush was one of the first to recognize “a great civil servant” and “a family man and friend” who was “such a presidential darling that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice.”
Bush Vice President Dick Cheney hailed Powell as “a man who loved his country and served it long and well” while at the same time being “a pioneer and example for so many.”
Former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, tweeted that Powell “understood the best of this country and tried to reconcile his own life, career and public statements with that ideal.”
Condoleezza Rice, Powell’s successor as Secretary of State and the first black woman in the role, called him “a really great man” whose “dedication to our nation was not limited to the many great things he did in uniform or during his time.” . in Washington “.
“Much of his legacy will live on in the countless young lives he has touched.”
Current Secretary of State Antony Blinken described Powell’s life as “a victory for the American dream”.
Powell gave the State Department “the best of its leadership,” Blinken said. “He never stopped believing in America, and we believe in America not least because it helped create someone like Colin Powell.”
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who worked closely with Powell during the early years of the Iraq War, said he was someone of “immense ability and integrity” who was “a great companion with an endearing and self-deprecating sense of humor”. .