Thai King Bhumibol, world’s longest-reigning monarch, dies
Thailandâ€™s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the worldâ€™s longest-reigning monarch, died in hospital the palace announced on Thursday.
â€œAt 15:52 (0852 GMT) he died at Siriraj Hospital peacefully,â€ the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement. The palace however did not give a reason for the kingâ€™s death.
Ailing Thai king treated for â€˜severe infectionâ€™
Bhumibol, 88, was the worldâ€™s longest serving monarch, beloved by his people and portrayed by the palace as a guiding light through decades of political turmoil, coups and violent unrest.Â But he had not been seen in public for nearly a year as he battled a series of ailments in a Bangkok hospital.
Doctors had placed the ailing monarch on a ventilator last week, the palace had said Sunday, adding that the kingâ€™s health was â€œnot stableâ€. Further, they said he was battling kidney problems.
Over the last two years the King had also been treated for bacterial infections, breathing difficulties, heart problems and hydrocephalus â€” a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid often referred to as â€œwater on the brainâ€.
Ailing Thai kingâ€™s health â€˜not stableâ€™
Early on Thursday, around 150 people were holding prayers outside the hospital, many dressed in pink in the belief that the colour will bring the king good luck.
His son and apparent heir, the 63-year old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is expected to become Thailandâ€™s new king.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.
source The Express Tribune news