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Five, head of Nobel Peace Prize awards committee dead at 65

FILE - This is a Wednesday Dec. 10. 2015  file photo of Chair of the Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, as she speaks at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Norwegian Nobel officials said Monday Feb. 20, 2017 that the head of Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, has died at age 65. Five died Sunday after being treated for a recurrence of cancer.    (Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT

FILE - This is a Wednesday Dec. 10. 2015 file photo of Chair of the Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, as she speaks at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Norwegian Nobel officials said Monday Feb. 20, 2017 that the head of Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, has died at age 65. Five died Sunday after being treated for a recurrence of cancer.  (Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

Norwegian Nobel officials say the head of Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, has died at age 65.

Olav Njolstad, director of The Nobel Institute, says Five, who had been a member of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize awarding committee since 2003, died Sunday after being treated for a recurrence of cancer.

Five was elected chairwoman of the committee in 2015. She announced the winner of last year's prize in October — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos — but was unable to attend the December ceremony due to illness.

She was also known as a political pioneer, who provided an important role model for many women.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg described her as "a strong and good person."

She is survived by a husband and two adult children.