Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan passes away at 80

NEW YORK: Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has died, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced on its Twitter page.

According to the details, Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work has died at the age of 80.

Annan, served as the seventh UN chief for almost 10 years and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, died in the Swiss capital of Bern on Saturday.

“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 Anna’s Twitter account.

Born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938, he was the first secretary general to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. He leaves his wife, Nane, and three children. (01)