It was reported earlier this morning by The New York Times that former Secretary of State Colin Powell, has passed away at the age of 81 from Covid-19 related complications.
According to the Boston Globe, Mr. Powell was fully vaccinated at the time of his death.
“Colin L. Powell, who in four decades of public life served as the nation’s top soldier, diplomat and national security adviser, and whose speech at the United Nations in 2003 helped pave the way for the United States to go to war in Iraq, died on Monday,” the Times reported. “He was 84.”
“He died of complications from Covid-19, his family said in a statement,” the report noted. “He was fully vaccinated and was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his family said.”
“Mr. Powell was a path breaker serving as the country’s first African American national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state,” the report noted
As Kyle Becker of TrendingPolitics reports, Mr. Powell’s untimely death will serve as a reminder that vaccination does not prevent Covid-19 infection. The average age of death from Covid-19 is 78 years old and the virus has predominately been a scourge of the elderly and infirm. The survival rate for all Americans under the age of 50 is 99.987%; but the risk increases considerably incrementally above that marker.
Colin Powell will best be remembered for being a critic of the Iraq War (he famously is reported to have said to the Bush team, “you break it… you own it”) who served honorably nonetheless to bring war criminal Saddam Hussein to justice. He would go on after serving in the Bush administration as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Security Adviser to become a controversial political figure.