Kenya Nobel laureate Maathai dies in hospital: media

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Posted: Sep 26, 2011 12:38 AM
Kenya Nobel laureate Maathai dies in hospital: media

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai has died in hospital where she was undergoing treatment for cancer, Kenyan television channels reported on Monday.

Maathai, who won the 2004 Nobel Prize, was the founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement, a civil and women rights activist and also served as a Member of Parliament.

Kenyan media, including the country's private Citizen TV and NTV channels, reported her death, without giving details of the source of the report. It was not immediately possible to confirm the report independently.

(Reporting by George Obulutsa and Kevin Mwanza)