The former secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.
Annan, a Ghanaian, served as the UN secretary general from 1997 to 2006. He was also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
He died at hospital in Bern, Switzerland. The Kofi Annan Foundation announced Annan’s death on Twitter.
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… pic.twitter.com/NDOy2NmAAs
— Kofi Annan Foundation (@KofiAnnanFdn) August 18, 2018
“The family kindly requests privacy at this time of mourning,” the statement read. “Arrangements to celebrate his remarkable life will be announced later.