- Former President Jerry John Rawlings has died on Thursday, November 12, 2020
- A number of Ghanaians have thronged his residence following the news of his death
- The first video from the house shows a very sad and gloomy atmosphere
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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has been confirmed dead on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
The former president passed away at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he had been reportedly receiving treatment.
As earlier reported by YEN.com.gh, the former president died from complications of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Rawlings had reportedly taken ill for about one week just a few weeks after he buried his mother, Victoria Agbotui.
Following the news, Ghanaians have the besieged the residence of the former as if to confirm for themselves.
In the first video from Rawlings' house sighted by YEN.com.gh, it is has been a sombre atmosphere.
Jerry John Rawlings was born 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.
Meanwhile, the office of J.J. Rawlings has confirmed the news of the former president's death.
In a statement signed by Rawlings' daughter, Zanetor, the family has asked for privacy in this difficult time.
The statement also indicated the funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
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