For­mer UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Kofi An­nan passes away

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For­mer UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Kofi An­nan died at the age of 80 after bat­tling a short ill­ness.

An­nan, who won the No­bel Peace Prize for hu­man­i­tar­ian work, died in hos­pi­tal in Bern, Switzer­land on Sun­day with his wife and three chil­dren by his side. An­nan was the first black African to take up the role of the world's top diplo­mat, serv­ing two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN spe­cial en­voy for Syria, lead­ing ef­forts to find a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the con­flict. The fam­ily con­firmed the news on his Twit­ter ac­count, writ­ing: "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," read a post on his Twit­ter ac­count. "His wife Nane and their chil­dren Ama, Kojo and Nine were by his side dur­ing his last days."

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