It is rare for a President to die in office, but in Africa the rate seems somewhat high and hence the need to take a look at some of the African Presidents that have died while in office.
Ten African Presidents died while in office over a 4 year period from 2008 to 2012, 2012 being the worse year of Presidential deaths.
Below are the top 10 Presidents who died of mysterious causes.
11. Levy Mwanawasa (59) – Zambia
Levy Patrick Mwanawasa was the third Republican President of Zambia. He ruled the country from January 2002 until his death in August 2008.
He is credited for having initiated a campaign to rid the country of corruption.
On 8 December 1991 Mwanawasa was involved in a serious traffic accident in which his aide died on the spot.
He suffered multiple body injuries and was flown to Johannesburg, South Africa for medical treatment.
He remained hospitalised for three months. A lasting effect of the accident was his noticeably slurred speech.
A commission of inquiry was set up to investigate who was responsible for the alleged assassination attempt.