Colin Powell has died at age 84 due to COVID complications.

  • Powell, the first Black US secretary of state, helped shape American policy for decades, specifically in the last years of the 20th century and early 21st century, CNN reports.

Powell reportedly died of complications related to COVID-19, according to his family, who posted about his death on Facebook.

  • “He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” his family wrote in the post.

Per CNN, Powell had multiple myeloma, which is cancer that forms in plasma cells — or a type of white blood cell.

Powell has one of the biggest names in political history, serving as the first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush.