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King of Thailand Dies at 88 After 70 Years of Reign

Thailand’s revered king, King Bhumibol Adulyadej had died at the age of 88, according to an announcement from the Royal Palace.

He had been hospitalized for a medical procedure since the weekend until the palace reported he had passed away peacefully.

King Bhumibol was the longest-reigning living monarch after reigning for 70 years. He was not a direct successor to the throne, but took over when his brother died in 1946.

King Bhumibol was revered by the people of Thailand, with many people looking to him as a father figure of sorts. Even outside of Thailand, he was highly respected as a leader.

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All flags will be flown at half-mast for 30 days in Thailand and government employees have been ordered to wear black for one year to mourn.

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