Thai King Bhumibol, world’s longest-reigning monarch, dies at 88: Palace

"His Majesty has passed away at Siriraj Hospital peacefully," the palace said.

By: Reuters | Bangkok | Updated: October 13, 2016 5:59 pm



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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 (0852 GMT). His son and heir apparent, the 63-year old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is expected to become Thailand’s new king.  The Royal Palace said Bhumibol died “in a peaceful state” at Siriraj Hospital, where he had been treated for various health problems for most of the past decade.

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Bhumibol, who was highly revered, has suffered from a variety of ailments related to old age, including lung and kidney problems. Only last week, doctors performed a hemodialysis to purify his blood. They also replaced a tube that drains excess cerebrospinal fluid. There is also great concern about the eventual succession plan. That’s because Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, who returned home from Germany on Wednesday, has not earned the same respect as his father. The Thai stock market is down significantly this week amid worries about the king’s health, though it rose slightly Thursday.

(With inputs from AP)

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  1. A
    Oct 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm
    Rest in Peace !
    1. Y
      Oct 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm
      The King was highly respected by his subjects for the work he did for them. He gave subsutes vegetable to plants instead of opium. For most of his life he traveled to every nook and corners of the country to plan the transport and irrigation systems. To fight the drought for the farmers, he started artificial rain projects. In the year of 1969 the Hindu Community in Thailand was fortunate to had welcomed him for the G Opening of Shri Dev Mandir, the largest Hindu Temple in Thailand. Even at this stage there are over 4,000 Royal Initiated projects going on and once they are successful, the projects are p on the general public to make a living out of it. We talk a lot of Shri Ram in Ramayana which no one has seen or felt. But for those in Thailand, the Late King was Shri Ram whom people have seen, met and felt for 70 years of his regin. May His soul RIP