Kofi Annan, Former UN Chief, Is Dead At 80

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Kofi Annan, the only black African to become UN secretary-general, has died.

26passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illnessCNN and the BBC. He is survived by his wife, Nane, and their three children, who were by his side during his final days, a statement said.

62global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer

His home country, Ghana, has declared a week of national mourning. Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.

He had also been a member, since 2007, of The Elders, a humanitarian group of a dozen leaders and activists of worldwide stature formed by Nelson Mandela. In 2013, Annan became its chairman.

84for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.85

As news of Annan's death has spread, many are paying tribute to a man who became a global figure as head of the United Nations but was also known by those close to him for his warmth and charm.

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