It was a sad day for Ghana yesterday as she lost her President John Mills. He died on Tuesday, few hours after announcing to Parliament that he was leaving for Nigeria. The British Broadcasting Corporation reports that 68-year-old Mills, who had been suffering from throat cancer, died in the capital, Accra a few hours after being taken ill.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the President of the Republic of Ghana,” a statement from the Presidency said.
Chief of Staff John Newman, who addressed the nation on state-run GTV and TV3, said Mills died at the
37th Military Hospital in Accra. Newman gave no details about the cause of Mills’ death.
Information Minister Baffour also declined to elaborate. “Yes, I can confirm (his death), but I can’t say more,” he told The Associated Press.
The BBC reports that Mill’s voice had been degenerating in the last few months.