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Renowned journalist Komla Dumor, 41, dies suddenly at home

DEATH: Komla Dumor

RESPECTED JOURNALIST and presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his London home from a suspected heart attack at the age of only 41.

The Ghanaian-born reporter was a presenter for BBC World News and its Focus on Africa programme.

He was one of Ghana's best-known journalists, and after a decade of journalism in Ghana, he joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007.

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said on Twitter that his country had "lost one of its finest ambassadors".

During his career, Dumor has been honoured with awards including Ghana Journalist of the Year in 2003 and featured in New African magazine's November 2013 list of 100 most influential Africans.

In 2009, Komla Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News. He was a regular presenter of Focus on Africa and had hosted the programme the day before he died, reported the BBC on Saturday (January 18).

The presenter who was born Accra, and studied his masters degree at Harvard University, travelled across Africa, meeting the continent's top entrepreneurs and reporting on the latest business trends around the continent.

He has also covered big news stories including the funeral of former South African President, Nelson Mandela last month.

Dumor has anchored live coverage of major events including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the funeral of Kim Jong-il, the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Norway shootings and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The 41-year-old, who regularly dressed in a sharp suit with brightly coloured ties and handkerchiefs is said to have made a big impression among colleagues.

BBC Global News director, Peter Horrocks, called Dumor a "leading light" of African journalism who would be deeply missed.

James Harding, BBC director of news and current affairs, spoke of Komla Dumor's "singular role in transforming the coverage of Africa".

Harding also said: “He brought a depth of understanding, a great deal of courage, a joyous charm and boundless charisma to his work.”

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