BBC Focus on Africa presenter Komla Dumor dies, aged 41

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LONDON (AFP) – BBC presenter Komla Dumor, one of Ghana’s best known journalists, has died suddenly at the age of 41, his family have said.

The BBC said Dumor, a presenter on its World News channel and its “Focus on Africa” programme, suffered a heart attack at his London home on Saturday.

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama said on his Twitter page that the nation had lost “one of its finest ambassadors”.

The journalist’s family said in a statement on Saturday: “The Dumor, Gbeho and allied families with deep sorrow announce the passing of our beloved Komla Dumor today in London.

“We are lost for words at Komla’s passing. Further information will be provided in due course.”

Dumor was a popular figure in his home country, and many Ghanaians changed their profiles on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to show a picture of him.

He joined the BBC as a radio host in 2007 after a decade of journalism in Ghana.

He moved to BBC television in 2009, anchoring live coverage of major events including the funeral of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il and the wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton.

He covered the death of Nelson Mandela in December, describing it as “one of the moments that will stay with me”.

BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks said Dumor was a leading light of African journalism who would be deeply missed.

“Africa’s energy and enthusiasm seemed to shine through every story Komla told,” Horrocks said.

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