Former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings has died at the age of 73.
According to multiple reports from Ghanaian media, the revolutionary leader died from coronavirus-related complications at a hospital in the capital, Accra.
The development comes less than a month after he buried his mother.
Rawlings, who is one of the most respected African leaders, was a military leader in Ghana and later became a politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001.
The former President initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.
A charismatic figure, he first seized power railing against corruption and was responsible for executing several former heads of state for their alleged graft and mismanagement.
A week of national mourning has been announced in Ghana for the country’s longest-serving leader, who oversaw the transition to multiparty elections in what is now one of Africa’s most stable democracies.