RIP: Ghana’s President John Atta Mills dies suddenly

Ghana’s President John Atta Mills has died unexpectedly, a presidential statement said, and an aide said his death occurred on Tuesday after he took ill on Monday night. He suffered from throat cancer and died at the age of 68

The death of the president of the world’s No. 2 cocoa grower comes months before Mills was due to stand for re-election at the helm of the West African country that posted double-digit growth in 2011 and has been praised for its strong democracy in a turbulent region.

Vice President John Dramani Mahama was scheduled to be sworn in later Tuesday. According to the country’s constitution, Mahama will complete Mills’ term that was due to end with elections in December.

“It is with a heavy heart … that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana,” a statement sent to Reuters by the president’s office said.

Our condolences to all our Ghana brothers and sisters, we pray that his soul rest in perfect peace (amen)