Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

Marcia Hines pays tribute to her cousin Colin Powell as former US Secretary of State dies at age 84: ‘He will be missed by all fair-minded humanitarians around the world’


Colin Powell, the first black U.S. Secretary of State, died Monday at the age of 84 due to complications from Covid-19.

And the American politician’s Aussie connection has now been revealed, with his cousin Marcia Hines publishing a statement about his death on Tuesday.

The 68-year-old singer, who was born in Boston and moved to Australia in 1969, said: ‘Not only is my family sad to hear of Colin’s passing, he will be missed by all fair-minded humanitarians around the world.’

Australian-American singer Marcia Hines has paid tribute to her cousin Colin Powell, the first black US Secretary of State to die on Monday at the age of 84 due to Covid complications

Australian-American singer Marcia Hines has paid tribute to her cousin Colin Powell, the first black US Secretary of State to die on Monday at the age of 84 due to Covid complications

The former Australian Idol judge also shared a loving tribute to Powell on Instagram.

‘Remember my cousin Colin Powell today about the sad news of his death,’ wrote the Australian-American singer.

She then quoted a speech by former US President Barack Obama about Powell’s death.

Tribute: Hines, who was born in Boston and moved to Australia in 1969, said: 'Not only is my family sad to hear of Colin's passing, he will be missed by all fair-minded humanitarians around the world.'

Tribute: Hines, who was born in Boston and moved to Australia in 1969, said: ‘Not only is my family sad to hear of Colin’s passing, he will be missed by all fair-minded humanitarians around the world.’

‘General Powell was an exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot,’ it read.

‘He was at the center of some of the most consistent events in our lives, and although he would be the first to admit that he did not get every call right, his actions reflected what he thought was best for America and the people he served.

‘General Powell helped a generation of young people set their gaze higher.

‘He never denied the role race played in his own life and in our society more broadly. But he also refused to accept that race would limit his dreams, and through his firm and principled leadership, it helped pave the way for so many who would follow. ‘

Hines then added a heartfelt message at the end of the tribute.

‘Fly high, cousin. Your imprint on the world reflects your passion and perseverance, ‘she wrote.

Hines was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Jamaican parents. Powell, also of Jamaican descent, was born in New York City.

RIP: 'Remember my cousin Colin Powell today on the sad news of his death,' she added

RIP: ‘Remember my cousin Colin Powell today on the sad news of his death,’ she added

Hines is also a cousin of Jamaican-American singer and model Grace Jones.

She moved to Australia at the age of 16 to perform in theater after being scouted by entrepreneur Harry M. Miller and director Jim Sharman on a trip to the United States

Powell, meanwhile, had a famous career in politics and in the military.

He served as a soldier in Vietnam and later became a four-star general.

Second: Hines was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Jamaican parents and later became an Australian citizen after her career took off there in the 1970s.

Second: Hines was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Jamaican parents and later became an Australian citizen after her career took off there in the 1970s.

After entering politics, he became a national security adviser under the Reagan administration.

Powell would continue to serve under Republican administrations and was appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989.

In 2001, he became the first African-American Secretary of State in George W. Bush’s cabinet.

He died of Covid complications Monday at the age of 84.

Powell was fully vaccinated, but he had multiple myeloma and Parkinson’s, which put him at greater risk.

Achievements: Powell was a national security adviser under the Reagan administration.  He continued to serve under Republican administrations and was appointed President of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989. He later became the first African-American Secretary of State.

Achievements: Powell was a national security adviser under the Reagan administration. He continued to serve under Republican administrations and was appointed President of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989. He later became the first African-American Secretary of State.

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