Former United Nations, Secretary General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan has died.
The news of his death was broken on his Twitter handle.
It is understood that he died after a brief illness in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two of his close associates told Reuters.
In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced his peaceful death with “immense sadness” after a short illness, saying he was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina.
Annan served two terms as UN Secretary-General in New York from 1997 to 2006 and retired in Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village in the nearby countryside.
“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the UN. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whom Annan had chosen to head the UN refugee agency, said in a statement.
Kofi Atta Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana on April 8, 1938.
The 2001 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the United Nations and Kofi Annan.
The Nobel citation pointed out that Annan had brought new life to the peacekeeping organization, highlighted the United Nations’s fight for civil rights, and boldly taken on the new challenges of terrorism and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS; a disease of the immune system).
See the tweet announcing his death below: