2004 – African author, composer and singer Gnonnas Pedro dies of prostate cancer in a hospital of Cotonou, the capital of the West African country Benin. Pedro, 61, was one of the five singers of pan-African band Africando. Pedro had been diagnosed with cancer nine months earlier. During that nine-month period, he undergoes surgery in France three times, the last time on August 6. When the final surgery fails, he decides to live out his remaining time in his homeland.