The death of the vice president of The Gambia, Badara Alieu Joof, came as a huge shock to Gambians. Joof, who died in India while seeking medical treatment, is the first Gambian vice president to die in office.
However, rumours of his ill health began circulating in December 2022. He reportedly stopped appearing in public shortly after he returned from a visit to the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus in December.
Joof was popular among many Gambians, largely due to his pro-poor views in government.