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u.n: The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did. article continues below Trending Stories Moving out Vancouver families leave city for better housing options Vancouver overdose deaths reached 'historical high' in 2017This is what the B.C. wildfires look like from space Adult education centre's move to Gladstone secondary in limbo He died peacefully in his sleep, the president of Ghana, where Annan was born, said after speaking to his wife, according to Vancouver Courier. At U.N. headquarters in New York, the U.N. flag flew at half-staff and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Annan's portrait. Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness. Reflecting the widespread regard that won him a groundbreaking uncontested election to a second term, leaders from Russia, India, Israel, France and elsewhere expressed condolences for a man Bill Gates called one of the great peacemakers of our time. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. ( As reported in the news.