The office of Namibia's president announced that President Hage Geingob passed away in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 82 after being diagnosed with cancer several weeks ago.
While the announcement on the official website did not specify the cause of death, it was revealed last month that the President would travel to the United States for medical treatment following a routine medical examination that revealed his cancer diagnosis.
In a statement signed by the Acting President of the country, Nangolo Mbumba, who was also the Vice President, it was said, "With deep sadness and regret, I inform you that Hage Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia, passed away today" at Lady Pohamba Hospital, where he was receiving treatment.
The statement further mentioned that Geingob, who had been the President of Namibia since 2014, was surrounded by his wife and children when he passed away at Lady Pohamba Hospital in Windhoek, where he was under the care of his medical team, according to Reuters.
Geingob had previously announced his victory over prostate cancer in 2014 when he was serving as Prime Minister and later assumed the presidency in the following year.
Before coming to power, Geingob faced health challenges as well. In 2013, he underwent brain surgery, and last year, he had surgery on his carotid artery in neighboring South Africa.
Namibia is scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of the year.