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Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General and Chief of United Nations (UN), Dies at Age 80

Updated On 18 Aug, 2018 Published On

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.

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!

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 AnnanNina Cronstedt de Groot and son Kojo Annan.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Rest In Peace Kofi Annan!