Kofi Annan

 

 

Age: 80

 

Summary: two-term U.N. secretary-general considered as one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general and spent virtually his entire career as an administrator at the U.N., whose aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance, and political savvy helped to guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general and the first hired from within, who served two terms from 1997 to 2006 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the U.N. in 2001, who presided over some of the worst failures and scandals at the world body during one of its most important turbulent periods since its founding in 1945 as challenges from the outset forced him to spend much of his time struggling to resort the U.N.'s tarnished reputation.

 

 

Cause of Death: Unspecified illness

 

Born: April 8, 1938

 

Died: August 18, 2018

 

Location: Bern, Switzerland