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Michael Moussa Adamo, the foreign minister of Gabon, passed away on Friday (Jan. 20) after having a heart attack in the middle of a cabinet meeting.

An ally of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, the 62-year-old died after having a heart attack “despite efforts by specialists,” the government said in a brief statement.

President Bongo responded to Moussa Adamo’s passing on Twitter by praising him as a “friend […] and a great diplomat.”

Moussa Adamo began his career as a national television presenter after being born in the northeastern town of Makokou in 1961.

He was appointed chief of staff to Bongo, the defense minister at the time, in 2000.

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Moussa Adamo served as President Bongo’s special advisor following the passing of his father, Omar Bongo Ondimba, in 2009.

In March of last year, he was appointed first as foreign minister and then as defense minister after serving for ten years as Gabon’s ambassador to the United States until 2020.

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