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Breaking Kofi Annan dead: Former UN Secretary General dies aged 80

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The former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan is dead. Kofi Annan is said to have died at the age of 80 in the early hours of Saturday, August 18, in Switzerland.

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.

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