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Colin Powell dies of COVID-19

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell in Washington in 2011 Associated Press/Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

Colin Powell dies of COVID-19

The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and received treatment at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., according to his family. Gen. Colin Powell died of COVID-19 complications on Monday at the age of 84, his family said in a statement.

Who was Powell? He became the first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs and served under Democratic and Republican administrations, overseeing the U.S. invasions of Panama and Kuwait. He served as secretary of state under former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. Powell drew criticism for a 2003 presentation before the UN Security Council in support of the U.S. war in Iraq in which he cited faulty information that Saddam Hussein had access to weapons of mass destruction. In a statement, Bush said he and former first lady Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by Powell’s death.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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My Two Cents

Regardless of the cause of death, Colin Powell displayed quiet strength and leadership qualities sorely lacking in today’s military and political landscape. I am impressed that he recognized that his speech before the UN was a blot on his record. He didn’t blame anyone or ignore it. He left an honorable legacy on earth, and I only hope and pray he had surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus., for the sake of eternity, where legacy really matters. Prayers of comfort and peace to his family and friends.

Deb O

It's hard to believe we've been living with Covid for over 18 months and there's still folks splitting hairs on whether someone died from Covid or not. General Powell was being treated for cancer. He didn't die of cancer. He was older and had a suppressed immune system as many older people do, so being wise he was vaccinated. Unfortunately with the Delta variant being more virulent, he became infected from someone else who had it. He died from Covid complications. How is this difficult to understand?

Salty1Deb O

If General Powell didn’t have cancer, would he have died? He probably wouldn’t be in the hospital where he contracted COVID. If the vaccination was so effective, why did Powell get COVID?

Deb OSalty1

Salty1, I sense you may not believe any vaccine facts I would offer, so let's just agree to part in peace.

Salty1Deb O

Hi Deb, hope all goes well with you! I took the vaccination myself but I think we should be careful to critically look at what they say. The vaccination is being used as a tool to remove many conservatives and specifically Christians from work and that should bother all of us. At the same time they are letting in thousands and thousands of people who have COVID-19 at the border. This doesn’t make any sense at all and shows that their border agenda is most sinister at heart - they want to use illegal aliens to get more power and they don’t care for justice. So when we go along with their story pretending their motives are pure we bring injustice on America and destroy ourselves in the process! It is time we speak the truth that many Christians are unwilling to admit.


The headline for this story is irresponsible and misleading. The short article itself neglects facts stated by the family that Powell had many medical problems, including multiple myeloma, which suppresses the body's immune response. Please do better, WORLD!


The family issued the statement, not a medical examiner. Likely he died WITH Covid 19 rather than BECAUSE of Covid 19.

Tim MillerDPEN5749

By these ridiculous standards, nobody dies of anything. Someone with lung cancer doesn't die of cancer; he dies because he can't breathe. Someone got hit by a car; they didn't die from the accident; they bled to death. And on and on.