Kofi Annan, the first black Africa Secretary General to lead the United Nations, has died at age 80.

He 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.

The Kofi Annan Foundation confirmed his death in a statement posted on its Twitter handle @KofiAnnanFdn.

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