Papua New Guinea's Governor-General, Sir Michael Ogio, has died in Port Moresby after a long illness.
Government House said the 75-year-old died at the state residence on Saturday afternoon.
Sir Michael, who hailed from North Bougainville, was entering the final week of his six-year term as Governor-General.
The former defence minister, Bob Dadae, was due to take over the role after being nominated by parliament early last week.
Sir Michael is survived by his wife, Lady Esmie, five children and eight grandchildren.