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Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies

R.I.P: Kofi Annan

FORMER UNITED Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has died, the UN's International Organisation of Migration announced.

Annan is said to have died in Switzerland earlier this morning after a short illness, according to reports.

Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff.

He had been a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since it was founded in 2007. In 2013, he became its chairman.

The UN Migration Agency tweeted: "Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary."

Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the United Nations in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world."

Read a statement from the Annan family below:

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