Former UN chief Kofi Anan dies at 80

Former Secretary General of the United Nations has died after a short illness. He was 80.

Anan was the first black African to lead UN, serving two terms between 1997 and 2006.

Anan later served as UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

His family has requested privacy trough this time and said arrangements to celebrate his life will be announced at a later stage.

After stepping down from the UN, he continued his social work in quest for peace in Africa through his foundation and as chair of The Elders, a group founded by former South African statesman Nelson Mandela.

Messages of condolences are pouring in on social media with people across the world labeling him an advocate of peace.

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