Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away Monday at the age of 84, after dealing with complications from COVID-19.
The retired four-star general, was the nation's first Black secretary of state, who also served in other positions for a number of former U.S. presidents.
Those very presidents he served under, expressed their deep condolences, including George W. Bush, who said he and former first lady Laura Bush were "deeply saddened", calling Powell a "great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam".
Despite Powell's Republican background, he was not shy about endorsing Democrats, including former president Barak Obama, who said he'll always look to Powell as "an example of what America and Americans can and should be" if they wish "to remain the last, best hope of earth".
Former president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also noted in a joint statement that Powell was a "courageous soldier, a skilled commander, a dedicated diplomat and a good and decent man".
Powell served as national security advisor for President Ronald Reagan, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under George H.W. Bush, and finally as George W. Bush's top diplomat from 2001 to 2005.