Komla Dumor Of BBC is Dead

Komla Dumor

BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, it has been announced.

He was said to have died from a cardiac arrest on Saturday.

The Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist with BBC World News TV and presenter of Focus on Africa live from London, interviewed a #SouthSudan ex child soldier musician @EmmanuelJAL, on Focus on Africa on Friday at 1730GMT.

It was to be his last. He was only last week nominated to be the face of the BBC for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Former Chief Executive of Kotoko, Mr Herbert Mensah's wife is a neighbour to Dumor in London.  She was present when the doctors pronounced the BBC presenter dead on Saturday.

Mr Mensah, himself a close pal of Dumor told Joy FM in Accra that Esther Cobbah, head of Stratcomm Africa, and a friend to the Dumor family has been appointed to speak on the family's behalf.

He was married to Kwansema Dumor. They have three children.

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

"Komla's many friends and colleagues across Africa and the world will be as devastated as we are by this shocking news," Mr Horrocks said in a statement.

"The sympathies of all his colleagues at the BBC are with his family and friends."

Komla Dumor was born on 3 October 1972 in Accra, Ghana.

He graduated with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

He won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award in 2003 and joined the BBC four years later.

From then until 2009 he hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service radio, before joining The World Today programme.

In 2009 Komla Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News.

He travelled across Africa, meeting the continent's top entrepreneurs and reporting on the latest business trends around the continent.

He interviewed a number of high-profile guests including Bill Gates,  Kofi Annan and former US president Bill Clinton.

Last month, he covered the funeral of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, whom he described as "one of the greatest figures of modern history".

He anchored live coverage of major events including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the funeral of Kim Jong-il, the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Norway shootings and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

In his review of 2013, published last month, Dumor said the passing of Mandela was "one of the moments that will stay with me".

"Covering the funeral for me will always be a special moment. I will look back on it with a sense of sadness. But also with gratitude. I feel lucky to have been a witness to that part of the Mandela story."

Dumor was the only West African news reader on the BBC World news until his death.

He achieved his feat in journalism without a formal journalism training.

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may you rest in peace

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