Ghana’s former President, Jerry John Rawlings has died at the age of 73.
He died on Thursday in the capital Accra while undergoing medical treatment at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Mr. Rawlings last month buried his mother Madam Victoria Agbotui who died at the age of 101.
Rawlings, a former military leader who subsequently became a politician ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001.
He previously ruled for a brief period in 1979 after leading a military junta.
Announcement of the death of former President Rawlings pic.twitter.com/7ext0fp4sd
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) November 12, 2020
Rawlings remained a leader of a military junta until 1992 when he then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana.
It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of former president Jerry Rawlings of Ghana. Africa has lost a stalwart of Pan-Africanism and a charismatic continental statesman. My sincere condolences to his family, the people and the government of #Ghana
— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) November 12, 2020
Ghanaians have been paying their tribute on social media.
REST IN PEACE JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS
— John Agyekum Kufuor (@JohnAKufuor) November 12, 2020
I have announced the suspension of my tour of the Ashanti Region and all NDC campaigns across the country following news of the passing of our founder and former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings. May his soul Rest In Peace.
— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) November 12, 2020
Jerry Rawlings ? pic.twitter.com/yyI5iFLM5M
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) November 12, 2020
The saddest news of this year, my GOD, former PRESIDENT JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS of Ghana has passed on; I’m completely devasted! Good night, an African hero… RIP.
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) November 12, 2020
Rawlings ?? you’ll certainly be missed. #RIPRawlings
— Jessica OS on Youtube (@jessicacitifm) November 12, 2020
You’ve served God & country as a firm charismatic leader. R.I.P former president J. J. RAWLINGS ???? pic.twitter.com/HrXYCNoxaC
— G i o v a n i (@GiovaniCaleb) November 12, 2020