Geoffrey Dabietey-Paresen, a former Chief Editor of the Ghana News Agency (GNA), who was also the Akyeamehene of Mamfe-Akuapem in the Akuapem Traditional Area, has passed on.

Widow, Caroline Janet Dadietey-Paresen who confirmed the death said he died at the Lekma Hospital Teshie, on Saturday, May 9.

He was 84 years old.

The Late Dabietey-Paresen, with the stool name Nana Opare Dabietey, joined the Ghana News Agency on January 2, 1958 and rose through the ranks to the Chief Editor position before his retirement on December 31, 1997.

Due to his hard work, Management of the GNA offered him a two-year contract from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 1999.

He was installed Akyeamehene of Mamfe-Akuapem in the Benkum Division of the Akuapem Traditional Area in January 1993, where he served until his demise.

Burial and funeral details are yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, news of his sudden death has been received with shock and sadness amidst tributes from journalists across the country and beyond.

Some described the late Dabeitey-Paresen as a phenomenal person who devotedly mentored many young journalists with a great deal of passion and affability.

He was praised for his patriotism, high regard for professionalism and ethics, as well as his rich sense of humour, which always served as a laudable asset for conflict resolution and peace building.