MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, has died at age 80.

Annan, who was born in what is now Ghana in 1938, served as secretary-general from 1997 to 2006.

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He graduated from St. Paul’s Macalester College in 1961 with a degree in economics.

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He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, which he shared with the United Nations.

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Officials say Annan died Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness.