Heartly Condolence! Kofi Annan, the former secretary general and chief of the United Nations (UN) who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, has died on Saturday, August 18, after a short illness, international diplomats have confirmed. He was 80.
Today, the foundation named after him said, he "passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness".
Kofi Annan Foundation shared the statement on Annan's tragic passing via Twitter, describing him as a "global statesman and deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world".
Here's the tweet, check it out.
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
IOM - UN Migration also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Ghanaian diplomat, writing, "Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary: former @UN Secretary General @KofiAnnan. A life well lived. A life worth celebrating."
Take a look!
A life well lived. A life worth celebrating. pic.twitter.com/3sLmy7VS2p
— IOM - UN Migration (@UNmigration) August 18, 2018
Annan was the first black African to serve as the world's top diplomat; he worked for it from 1997 to 2006.
He later served for Syria as the UN special envoy, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to stop the conflict.
Annan, who pretty looked like American actor Morgan Freeman, is survived by wife Nane Maria Annan, daughters Ama Annan, Nina Cronstedt de Groot and son Kojo Annan.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
Rest In Peace Kofi Annan!