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.
Rawlings remained a leader of a military junta until 1992 when he then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana.
Ghanaians have been paying their tribute on social media.
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