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See photos of Colin Powell through the years

The former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state died from COVID-19 complications despite being fully vaccinated, his family said. Here are photos from his many years in the public sector.

Former Secretary of State, General (Ret.), Collin Powell
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Former Secretary of State, General (Ret.), Collin Powell speaks at the Tilles Center during an event held by the Global Institute at Long Island University on the evening of March 2, 2017

Secretary of State John Kerry, right, accompanied by
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Secretary of State John Kerry, right, accompanied by his predecessors, participates in the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. From left are, Henry Kissinger, James A. Baker III, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kerry. .Kerry hosted five of his predecessors in a rare public reunion for the groundbreaking of a museum commemorating the achievements of American statesmanship. 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 1, 2010, former US President Barack Obama speaks with former US Secretary of State General Colin Powell (L) during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, where they discussed a wide range of issues including education and the passage of the New START Treaty. - Colin Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on October 18, 2021. He was 84. 

Colin Powell, U.S. secretary of state, accompanied by
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Colin Powell, U.S. secretary of state, accompanied by Jeb Bush, Florida governor, passes by U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters at the military airport during a visit to the tsunami struck region of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005. Powell, who was born in Harlem to Jamaican immigrants and rose to become the first African-American to be U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died. Powell died on Oct. 18, 2021, due to complications from Covid-19, his family said on the general's Facebook page.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and actor
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and actor Brad Pitt attend the movie premiere of "Fury" at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.

Colin Powell, U.S. secretary of state, accompanied by
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Colin Powell, U.S. secretary of state, accompanied by aid workers, passes by U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters at the military airport during a visit to the tsunami struck region of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005. Powell, who was born in Harlem to Jamaican immigrants and rose to become the first African-American to be U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died. Powell died on Oct. 18, 2021, due to complications from Covid-19, his family said on the general's Facebook page.

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2006 file
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2006 file photo, President Bush, center, meets with Secretaries of State and Defense in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. From left to right are Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84. 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, on stage durring the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. 

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FILE - President Ronald Reagan, accompanied by national security adviser Colin Powell, leaves the White House in Washington, Dec. 16, 1988. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84. 

In this Nov. 30, 2006 file photo, former
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In this Nov. 30, 2006 file photo, former Secretary of State Colin Powell looks on during a ceremony for the Alexis de Tocqueville prize, a French literary award, in Tocqueville, east of Cherbourg, western France. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84. 

In this Aug. 2, 2004 file photo, President
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In this Aug. 2, 2004 file photo, President Bush, center, makes remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House, about his plans to implement the Sept. 11. Commission's recommendation to create a national intelligence director. Left to right Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and FBI Director Robert Mueller. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84. 

FILE - In this May 21, 2001, file
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FILE - In this May 21, 2001, file photo, Secretary of State Colin Powell talks with reporters during a news conference at the Department of State in Washington. Powell, who also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

General Colin Powell after receiving the Goverment Service
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General Colin Powell after receiving the Goverment Service award today Tuesday April 19, 2005 during the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards ceremony at Ellis Island. These awards are given annually to a select number of Ellis Island Immigrants or their descendants for their contributions to the American Experience. 

In this Feb. 15, 2001 file photo, Secretary
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In this Feb. 15, 2001 file photo, Secretary of State Colin Powell looks on as President Bush addresses State Department employees at the State Department in Washington. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK- December 5, 2006: Gen.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK- December 5, 2006: Gen. Colin L Powell spoke at City College of New York today to announce that New York Life is donating $10 million to establish an endowment for African American Issues at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies.

FILE - President George Bush loans his glasses
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FILE - President George Bush loans his glasses to first lady Barbara Bush as she pins a Medal of Freedom on Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a White House ceremony, July 3, 1991. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84.

New York City Michael Bloomberg, middle, with United
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New York City Michael Bloomberg, middle, with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, left, and U. S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, right, during ceremony where the Eternal Flame was lit in front of the Sphere in Battery Park, Manhattan tonight in honor of those who died in the World Trade Center attack one year ago today. 

Colin Powell speaks with Sen. Charles Schumer during
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Colin Powell speaks with Sen. Charles Schumer during a Long Island Association luncheon in Woodbury, Oct. 25, 2016.

Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, right, and Gen.
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Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, right, and Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak to members of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing from Myrtle Beach, S.C. at their air base in Saudi Arabia Friday, Dec. 12, 1990. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84.

Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, left, and Chairman
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Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Colin Powell, huddle prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday, Feb. 21, 1991 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84.

New York City Michael Bloomberg, middle, with United
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New York City Michael Bloomberg, middle, with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, left, and U. S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, right, during ceremony where the Eternal Flame was lit in front of the Sphere in Battery Park, Manhattan tonight in honor of those who died in the World Trade Center attack one year ago today 9/11/2002.

Entertainer Janet Jackson, and former Joint Chiefs Chairman
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Entertainer Janet Jackson, and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell read to children in Washington Tuesday July 7, 1998 as part of the kick-off of Jackson's worldwide Velvet Rope Tour which begins at Washington's MCI Center Tuesday. Jackson announced that a portion of the proceeeds from the concert tour would go to America's Promise, the not-for-profit organization Powell runs for at-risk children.

Retired Gen. Colin Powell and singer Janet Jackson,
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Retired Gen. Colin Powell and singer Janet Jackson, pose for photographers after Powell presented Jackson with a little red "America's Promise" wagon, Thursday, March 12, 1998, at City Hall in New York. Powell and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced Jackson would donate a portion of the proceeds from her upcoming North American tour to "America's Promise--The Alliance For Youth," which Powell heads up as Chairman. Jackson's upcoming "Velvet Rope" tour begins July 9 in Washington D.C., and said she will donate some of the proceeds to the organization, for use in children's mentoring programs throughout the United States.

FILE - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
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FILE - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Washington on Monday, March 4, 1991. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1991, file
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1991, file photo, Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, at a House Armed Services subcommittee. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 1985 file
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 1985 file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger confers with Army Maj. Gen. Colin Powell during testimony before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Powell, who went on to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. He was 84. 

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1990 file
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1990 file photo, Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to newsmen in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, after visiting American troops who are deployed in the country. Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday.

In this Dec. 30, 1986, file photo,
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 In this Dec. 30, 1986, file photo, U.S. Lieutenant General Colin Powell, commander of the 5th U.S. corps, salutes while his wife Alma stands in attention during a farewell ceremony in Frankfurt. Powell, who went on to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and U.S. secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 23, 1990, former US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf (L), Commander of the US Forces in Saudi Arabia, talks with former US General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Dahran. - Colin Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on October 18, 2021. He was 84. 

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