The President of Ghana, John Atta Mills, has died, according to a statement from his office.
The official release says the 68-year-old leader passed away hours after being taken ill. He recently had a medical check in the US.
The West African head of state served as vice president between 1997 and 2001.
After unsuccessfully running for the top position twice, he was inaugurated as the third president of Ghana in January 2009.