Ghana's long serving politician Mr. Joseph Henry Mensah has died at age 89.

The veteran statesman reportedly died Thursday at the 37 Military Hospital where he had been on admission for sometime now, suffering from stroke.

The Gold Coaster was born on October 31, 1928 and founding member of New Patriotic Party (NPP). He served under the administration of former President J.A Kufuor in 2005.

He was appointed Minority leader in the second Parliament of the fourth Republic and later a Majority leader in the first term of the Kufour administration in 2001 while a member of Parliament (MP) for the Sunyani East Constituency.

Mr J.H. Mensah served in various ministerial positions under different governments as a leading economist.

He was the brother of Mrs Theresa Kufuor, wife of former President John Agyekum Kufuor under whose government he served as a Senior Minister.

He was also a Commissioner in the National Liberation Council, and the Minister in charge of Finance, until Gen. A.A. Afrifa handed over power to a civilian government.

Mr J.H. Mensah was 20 years old when the February 28, 1948 Crossroad riots started.

Mr J.H. Mensah attended Achimota School.He furthered his studies at the University of the Gold Coast (now University of Ghana, Legon) between 1948 and 1954.

He then headed to University of London then Stanford University, where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree with specialisation in economic theory and development.

In 1954, Mr Mensah became a Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Ghana, which lasted until 1958.