Colin Powell once boasted he was decades ahead of the “selfie” game after sharing on Facebook a vintage photograph he took in the 1950s.
The black-and-white snap Powell took of himself posing in front of a mirror resurfaced Monday in the wake of his death from COVID-19 complications.
Powell, a retired four-star general and the US’s first black secretary of state, had posted the photo on Facebook in 2014 as a “throwback Thursday.”
The image — taken on a film camera – shows Powell looking solemn as he stands in a bedroom.
“I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks,” Powell cracked alongside the photo.
He had uploaded the vintage snap just days after Ellen DeGeneres posted her famous Oscars super-star selfie posing alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt.
“Eat your heart out Ellen!” Powell added alongside his photo.
Hordes of people started sharing Powell’s vintage selfie on Twitter on Monday as they paid tribute to him following his death.
The 84-year-old died as a result of complications from COVID-19, with his family saying he was fully vaccinated.
“General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated,” his family said in a statement on Facebook.
“We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what complications he suffered or how long Powell had been in the hospital prior to his death.
Powell had previously been diagnosed with multiple myeloma — a type of blood cancer that can limit the body’s ability to fight infection, NBC News reported. It was unclear how long he’d been battling the disease.