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Burundi's Outgoing President Nkurunziza Dies of Heart Attack

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Former Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza (Born 18 December 1964 Bujumbura, Kingdom of Burundi (now Burundi) Died 8 June 2020 (aged 55) Karuzi, Burundi)  

President Pierre Nkurunziza attended a volleyball match Saturday before reportedly falling ill later that night, government officials said, according to Al Jazeera. He was rushed to a hospital in Karuzi, eastern Burundi, where he began to recuperate Sunday enough to speak with visitors.

By Monday, though, he fell into cardiac arrest and a doctor’s immediate attempt to resuscitate him was unsuccessful.

The Burundi Government said the country will enter a seven-day period of mourning starting Tuesday.

Nkurunziza was due to be replaced in August by political ally Evariste Ndayishimiye, who was declared earlier this month the winner of the vote.

"He leaves us a legacy that we will never forget and we will continue his high-quality work that he has done for our country, Burundi," Ndayishimiye said in a Twitter post.