Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, the last king of Rwanda, passed away on 16 October 2016 in Virginia, U.S. He was 80.
King Kigeli V came to power in 1959 but was only king of Rwanda until 1961, when the monarchy was abolished and he was forced into exile.
King Kigeli V eventually settled in the United States where he set up a charity helping Rwandan refugees and orphans.
About Kigeli V Ndahindurwa
• Kigeli V Ndahindurwa was born on 29 June 1936.
• After his half-brother, King Mutara III Rudahigwa, died under mysterious circumstances on 25 July 1959, it was announced on 28 July 1959 that Kigeli would succeed him as King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa.
• He was the last ruling King (Mwami) of Rwanda, from 28 July 1959 until the overthrow of the Rwandan monarchy on 28 January 1961.
• The titular King lived in exile during the final part of his life in the U.S. town of Oakton, Virginia.
• In exile, he was known for heading the King Kigeli V Foundation. The institution promoted humanitarian work for Rwandan refugees.
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