DUBLIN (Reuters) – Former World Trade Organisation director general and Goldman Sachs international chairman Peter Sutherland died on Sunday at the age of 71, Ireland’s foreign minister said.

FILE PHOTO – The chairman and managing director of Goldman Sachs International and chairman of BP Amoco, Peter Sutherland attends a session about “the future of the multilateral trade system” at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 27. 2001. Reuters/Files

Sutherland, who also served as Ireland’s European Union commissioner and as attorney general during the 1980s, had been ill for some time, Irish national broadcaster RTE said, citing a statement from his family. 

“Very sad at passing of Peter Sutherland. I knew him as a compassionate, driven, global thinker, always willing to challenge views,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Twitter.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin Editing by Jeremy Gaunt