Kigeli V, Rwandan monarch, Died at 80


Kigeli V Ndahindurwa was born on June 29, 1936, and died on October 16, 2016.

He was the last ruling King (Mwami) of Rwanda.

He ruled from 28 July 1959 until the overthrow of the Rwandan monarchy on 28 January 1961, shortly before the country acceded to independence from Belgium.

The titular King had resided in exile during the final part of his life in Oakton, Virginia, United States.

Whils in exile, he was known for heading the King Kigeli V Foundation, promoting humanitarian work for Rwandan refugees, and for his activities in maintaining the cultural heritage of his formerly reigning royal house.

Kigeli V passed away at 80 years old.