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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

August 18, 2018

(CNN)Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80, a UN agency confirmed Saturday.

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."

Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary: former @UN Secretary General @KofiAnnan

A life well lived. A life worth celebrating. pic.twitter.com/z51WTB4Y65

— IOM - UN Migration (@UNmigration) August 18, 2018

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

He was married with three children.

Source:CNN