Updated at 8:36 a.m. ET
Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan died Saturday, the foundation bearing his name confirmed. He was 80.
"Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations, he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law," the Kofi Annan Foundation and Annan family said in a statement.