Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday. He was 80, reported a UN agency. The United Nations Migration Agency confirmed the news on social media.
"Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary," the UN Migration Agency tweeted.
The first black African to carry the role of top diplomat across the world, Annan served two terms from 1997 to 2006.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world".
Annan later served as the UN special envoy for Syria and lead efforts on finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Annan is survived by his wife and three children.