Pres. Obama, Bush, Clinton Remember Gen. Colin Powell

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Politicians and notable figures such as former President George W. Bush and Stacey Abrams paid their respect to Ge. Colin Powell following his death. 

Politicians and celebrities paid respect to Gen. Colin Powell, who died on Monday at 84 years old due to COVID-19 complications.   

Former President George W. Bush said he was “deeply saddened” by Powell’s death.   

“He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam,” Bush said. “Many Presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel and experience.”   

The former president tapped Powell to serve as the U.S. secretary of state, making him the first African American in the position.   

RELATED: First Black Secretary of State Colin Powell Dies From COVID Complications  

Former President Barack Obama called Powell an “exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot,” adding that he “understood what was best in this country.”

The former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams said Powell was a defender of democracy.   

“Godspeed to Secretary Colin Powell who led with integrity admitted fallibility and defended Democracy. Deepest condolences to his loved ones and friends,” she wrote on Twitter.   

Actress Viola Davis said Powell’s death is a “great loss.”   

“You left a huge legacy and, therefore, will leave a huge hole! I have an abundance of gratitude for your life. Rest in glorious peace sir! I salute you. Prayers for your loved ones,” Davis said.   

Rep. Steven Horsford, who represents Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District, said, “I had the honor of meeting Secretary Powell several times over the years, and this is tragic news. My thoughts are with his wife, family, and all he served with during this dark time.”   

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton also remembered Powell.

Powell’s family announced his death on Facebook, calling him “a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”   

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