Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies

Former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan has died.

FILE: Speakers celebrated the life of Kofi Annan that has become synonymous with service, peace and development.

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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. 

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.