At the age of 73, Former President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana has died of coronavirus-related complications.

According to multiple reports from Ghanaian media, the former President’s death occurred after after he burying his mother in less than a month.

On the political history of Rawlings, the recognised figure amongst African leaders, was a military leader in Ghana and later became a politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001.

Rawlings who initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979,  led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.

On his history in the continent, Rawlings was until his death, the African Union envoy to Somalia.