The United Nations Migration Agency confirmed his death writing online: "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"
Mr Annan served with the UN from 1997 to 2006.
He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria
He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2001 jointly with the United Nations organisation for his efforts to 'revitalise' the UN and for 'having given priority to human rights'.
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