Thai King Bhumibol Dies

Thai King Bhumibol Dies
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Thai King Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch, died in hospital on Thursday, the palace said in an announcement.

The palace did not give a reason for his death. He was 88 years old.

"His Majesty has passed away at Siriraj Hospital peacefully," the palace said, adding he died at 15:52 local time.

His son and heir apparent, the 63-year old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is expected to become Thailand's new king.

[Update to follow]

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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej waves as he returns to Siriraj Hospital after a ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok in this December 5, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo
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King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and his fiance, Princess Sirikit in Lausanne, Switzerland on Sept. 13, 1949. Bhumibol Adulyadej became king in 1946 when his brother was found shot dead in Bangkok. (AP Photo)
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Well-wishers hold pictures of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they pray for him at the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok, Thailand October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Vajiralongkorn, Srirasmi
Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn stands next to royal consort Princess Srirasmi after the Cambodian king's arrival at Bangkok's military airport, Thailand, Sunday, June 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Thailand's King Bhumibol sits in a vehicle as he leaves Siriraj Hospital for the Grand Palace to join a ceremony marking coronation day in Bangkok
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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej sits in a vehicle as he leaves Siriraj Hospital for the Grand Palace to join a ceremony marking Coronation Day in Bangkok, Thailand, May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

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