Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, a former United Nations secretary-general, passed away, the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation confirmed. He was 80 years old. Annan, from Ghana, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his far-reaching humanitarian work in 2001. He was also the first black African to serve in the U.N. role as the world’s top diplomat. He served two terms, from Jan. 1, 1997 to Dec. 31, 2006.  Antonio Guterres, the current U.N. secretary-general, issued a statement on Annan’s passing. “Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing. In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations,” Guterres said. “He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.” Annan is survived by his wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina.

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