Former Egyptian diplomat Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died, according to a United Nations spokesman.

Boutros-Ghali, who also was the U.N.'s sixth secretary-general in the early 1990s, died at the age of 93, according to Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for current U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. No other details were provided.

According to his official U.N. biography, Boutros-Ghali, who was boron Cairo, was known as a diplomat, jurist, scholar and widely published author.

He fought international relations and law at Cairo University from 1949-77, while he was also part of the Central Committee and Political Bureau of the Arab Socialist Union.

At the time of his appointment by the U.N. General Assembly in December 1991, Boutros-Ghali had been Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt since May 1991 and had served as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from October 1977-91.

His time leading the U.N. was marked by crisis in Rwanda, Angola and the former Yugoslavia.

The United States, as a member of the world body's Security Council, vetoed his bid for a second term as secretary-general.