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Top 6 African Presidents Who Died While in Office (Photos)

Some African leaders lost their lives while serving their country due to various events while they were still in office. See who else passed away by reading on.

Zimbabwe's Michael Sata:

Zambian President Michael Sata was assassinated while in office. Former Zambian president Michael Sata died at the age of 77 in the United Kingdom of an unexplained illness. He will be sorely missed by his countrymen.

Ethiopian politician Meles Zewani:

Before his death in 2012, the above-mentioned individual served as Ethiopia's prime minister for 21 years, from 1991 to 1995 and again from 1995 to 2021. In Belgium, the prime minister died at the age of 57 from an unknown infection.

The Ghanaian John Atta Mills (President):

In 2012, Ghana's John Atta Mills, who had suffered a stroke and throat cancer, passed unexpectedly. President John Atta of Ghana served as head of state for about three years until he was assassinated.

4. Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua (Nigeria):

Musa Yar' Adua, Nigeria's first president, died of pericarditis in 2010 while in office. In 2010, three years after he was declared the winner of the presidential election won in 2007, the president died in office at the age of 58.

In the case of Lansana Conte (Guinea),

Lansana Conte, Guinea's second president from 1984 to 2008, died of heart and diabetes-related problems. He was 78.

Liberian leader Moammar Gadaffi

At the age of 69, Muammur Gadaffi was slain by the rebels who had usurped his power in a bloodless coup in 1969. Before he died, he had served the country valiantly for 42 years.

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