Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general and the Nobel Peace Laureate, has died at the age of 80 peacefully after a short illness in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Annan’s wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days, according to the statement issued by Annan’s family and the foundation.
Annan who was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on April 8, 1938, served as the seventh secretary- general in UN between 1997 and 2006. He had also won Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.
Even after stepping down from the UN, Annan continued to work for peace through his Kofi Annan Foundation and also worked for the development of African with a special responsibility as being the son of Ghana.
“Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did,” says the foundation in a statement.
“He will be greatly missed by so many around the world, as well as his staff at the Foundation and his many former colleagues in the United Nations systems. He will remain in our hearts forever.”