- Former President Jerry John Rawlings has passed away
- Details have emerged revealing what killed Rawlings
- GHOne TV's Serwaa Amihere disclosed that he died of COVID-19
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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has been reported dead leaving many Ghanaians in tears.
The longest-serving ever Ghanaian leader passed on away Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Hospital.
As Ghanaians mourn, new details have emerged concerning the death of the former president.
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According to GH One TV presenter Serwaa Amihere, their checks have suggested that Rawlings died from complications of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Speaking on the station's live coverage of Rawling's death, Serwaa expressed her sadness.
Earlier, Graphic.com.gh had reported that the former president had been on admission at Korle-Bu for about a week before he passed.
The report sighted by YEN.com.gh indicated that the former president had been taken ill not long after he buried his mother, Victoria Agbotui, about three weeks ago.
YEN.com.gh sources have indicated that Rawlings had been having some heart troubles in the past few years.
And his condition was complicated by COVID-19 leading him to be admitted at the National Cardiothoracic Centre at Korle-Bu.
He was moved to the Intensive Care Unit at Korle-Bu after his situation became critical but gave up the ghost on Thursday.
The death of Rawlings comes as a big surprise and an irony as he had been one of the topmost political figures campaigning against COVID-19.
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He had once vowed in an interview on Asaase Radio's Sunday Night not to shave his overgrown beard until the pandemic went away.
Jerry John Rawlings was born on June 22, 1947, and he celebrated his 73rd birthday recently with some lovely family photos.
He left behind his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman, and four children - Zanetor Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings, and Kimathi Rawlings.
He was a former Ghanaian military leader who ruled Ghana from 1981 to 1992 as Head of State.
He was then democratically elected President of Ghana in 1992 and served till 2000.
After two terms in office, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president, the late John Evans Atta Mills as the presidential candidate in 2000.
However, his party, the NDC, handed over power to former president John Agyekum Kufour of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as it lost the 2000 elections.
Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.
In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military and founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic.
Until his death, he served as the African Union envoy to Somalia.
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