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Dr Joe Williams passes on

Friday 4 September 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local

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Former Cook Islands prime minister Dr Joe Williams passed away last night after a battle with coronavirus.

He was 82.

Dr Williams, a distinguished medical practitioner in Auckland, was admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 on August 13.

His medical practice was near the Americold cold store at the centre of the new community-transmission virus cluster in New Zealand.

Dr Williams served briefly as prime minister in 1999.

Cook Islands News extends deepest condolences to Dr Williams’ family at this sad time.

*More in tomorrow’s edition.