- Kofi Annan's wife, Nane Maria has reacted to the death of former UN secretary-general
- Maria told Ghana's president, Nana Akufo-Addo, in a phone call that her husband died peacefully in his sleep
- President Akufo-Addo extended his condolences to the late diplomat's family
The family and foundation of former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, have confirmed his death and provided additional information on his final moments.
Annan was said to have fallen ill while on a trip to South Africa and had been flown back to his Switzerland base for treatment.
The late diplomat's widow, Nane Maria, however, disclosed to Ghana's president, Nana Akufo-Addo, in a phone call that he died peacefully in his sleep.
The Kofi Annan Foundation confirmed this in a statement issued on Facebook, adding that Kofi Annan's children, Ama, Kojo and Nina, were by his side during his last days.
The statement read: "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."
The foundation called for privacy for Kofi Annan's family as they mourn and make preparations for his funeral.
The former UN secretary-general's death has stunned and saddened Ghanaians, with many people taking to social media to mourn him.
President Akufo-Addo said he was deeply saddened by the death and extended his condolences to the late diplomat's family.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that world leaders reacted to the death of former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan who died at the age of 80 in the early hours of Saturday, August 18, in Switzerland.
The leaders include British Prime Minister Theresa May, France Prime Minister Emmnauel Macron and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres among other.
Theresa May said: A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family."
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