Former United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, has died.
According to his family and foundation, Annan who was 80, died after a brief illness in an hospital in Bern, Switzerland in the early hours of Saturday.
Before his retirement, the Ghanaian was the seventh secretary general of the UN, and served for two terms between 1997 and 2006, and was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his humanitarian work jointly with the UN as an organisation in 2001.
He retired to Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village.
He survived by his wife, Nane, and three children Ama, Kojo and Nina.