In a statement issued by the government, the president was on Saturday rushed to the hospital where he was admitted after feeling unwell. This happened after he had attended a volley ball match on Saturday afternoon.
URGENT: Le Gouvernement de la République du Burundi annonce avec une très grande tristesse le décès inopiné de Son Excellence Pierre Nkurunziza, Président de la République du Burundi, survenu à l’Hôpital du Cinquantenaire de Karusi suite à un arrêt cardiaque ce 8 juin 2020. pic.twitter.com/PP46kKzAM5
— Burundi Government (@BurundiGov) June 9, 2020
The doctors managed to treat him and he got some improvement, but on Monday he experienced unexpected loss of heart function (cardiac arrest) and efforts to restore his life were unsuccessful.
He was taken to a hospital at Karuzi, Eastern part of Burundi where died.
The government of Burundi announced that there will be a national mourning for 7 days from Tuesday.
Mr Pierre Nkurunziza was about to quit presidency in August this year after spending fifteen years in power.
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