Ethiopian church patriarch Abune Paulos dies
The patriarch’s office is due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to finalise arrangements for what is expected to be a state funeral.
Abune Paulos led Ethiopia’s 40 million Orthodox Christians – half the population – since 1992.
He later fell ill and was rushed to hospital, said Mr Mulugeta, a close friend of the patriarch. The patriarch died early on Thursday morning, he added.