Powell's fight against three diseases and a conversation with a journalist that his wife did not like.

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"Don't feel sorry for me; I'm 84 years old!": Powell's fight against three diseases and a conversation with a journalist that his wife did not like.

The former US Secretary of State died this Monday after contracting COVID-19. However, he was already fighting a series of evils that threatened his life. The final interview was with the man from The Washington Post who knew him best.

Over 32 years from 1989, after the invasion of the United States to Panama, I conducted some 50 interviews with Powell, who was the first head of the Joint Chiefs and the first African American Secretary of State. The last interview was a phone call three months ago, on July 12, that lasted 42 minutes and was recorded with Powell's consent.

As death approached, Colin Powell was still fit to fight. "I have multiple myeloma cancer and Parkinson's disease. But beyond that, I'm fine," he said in an interview in July.

And he rejected expressions of pity for his condition. "Don't feel sorry for me, for God's sake! I'm 84 years old," said Powell, who died Monday. "I have not lost a day of my life fighting these two diseases. I'm in good shape".

Over 32 years from 1989, after the invasion of the United States to Panama, I conducted some 50 interviews with Powell, who was the first head of the Joint Chiefs and the first African American Secretary of State. The last interview was a phone call three months ago, on July 12, that lasted 42 minutes and was recorded with Powell's consent.

On his visits to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he said: "I have to take all kinds of tests, and I am a former Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, so they don't want to lose me, so they make me go there all the time. I have taken many exams, and I get there on my own. I arrive in my Corvette, get out of the Corvette, and enter the hospital. I also go to a clinic to have blood tests done. I don't talk too much about it, but most of my friends know it. "