Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan died at the age of 80.

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations who rose to be the first black African Secretary General to the United Nations died at the age of 80 on August 18, 2018 in a hospital at Switzerland after a short illness, his wife Nane and their children Aman, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days.

His demise was announced in his twitter foundation page, saying,

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“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness…”

Kofi Annan was a son of Ghana and Africa, he served two terms from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006 as the United Nations Secretary General, in 2001 he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize. In 2012 he was the U.N. Arab League’s special envoy to Syria, He was a global icon and a passionate internationalist who fought for the peace of the world. He remained a powerful advocate for global causes through his foundation.

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“Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy,” the foundation said in a statement.

However, the family of the late Noble Laureate has requested that privacy at this time should be maintained, arrangement to celebrate his life work be announced later.

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