Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Former Fiji Vice president, dies Credit: Pacific Beat.
Former Fiji vice president and current Chief Justice of Nauru, Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi has died.
It's been reported he died in Suva's Colonial War Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Ratu Joni held the traditional title, Roko Tui Bau, and was granted a Tongan noble title as well.
He was Fiji's Vice President for two years until December 2006 when the military coup was carried out by Frank Bainimarama.
Ratu Joni was also know in the wider Pacific region, serving on the Solomon islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the wake of the ethnic tension there, and being Chief Justice of Nauru for the past two years.
Fiji historian Dr Brij Lal says he will be remembered not just for his achievements but for his warm personal touch and approachability.