BERN - Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80, the Kofi Annan Foundation said on Saturday.
Annan, of Ghanaian nationality, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two close associates of Annan said.
It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness... pic.twitter.com/42nGOxmcPZ— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) August 18, 2018
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called Annan "a guiding force for good".
"Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good," Guterres said in a statement.
"In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination," he added.