Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced on Saturday.
Annan, of Ghanaian nationality, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two close associates of Annan said.
In a statement issued on Twitter by the foundation, the organization said “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.”
According to the statement, Annan’s wife and children were at his side when he died.
In 2016 Annan led an inquiry into the situation faced by Myanmar’s Rohingya minority and also served as a UN special envoy to Syria in an effort to find a peaceful resolution to the civil war.