- Sep 25, 2012
The news comes after Kaunda was admitted to hospital on Monday, with his office saying he was 'unwell'.
Kaunda, 97, was the inaugural president of Zambia between 1964 and 1990, after the country gained independence from Britain.
He was born on 28 April 1924 in Chinsali, in what was then known as Northern Rhodesia.
Kaunda, popularly known by his initials KK, was head of the main nationalist party, the left-of-centre United National Independence Party (UNIP) which led the country to freedom from British colonial rule.
Initially a popular leader, Kaunda became increasingly autocratic and banned all opposition parties.