Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch, died in hospital on Thursday, the palace said in an announcement. Nathan Frandino reports.
Eighty-eight years of age when he died, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was widely revered in Thailand and seen as a unifying force in an often turbulent country. His reign began in 1946 and lasted seven decades. During that time, King Bhumibol intervened when protests, coups and other political upheavals threatened to plunge Thailand into crisis. His final year was marked with various health ailments. He was most recently battling a respiratory infection before later getting haemodialysis treatment after kidney failure in October. News about the royal family is tightly controlled in Thailand. Plans for King Bhumibol's succession have not yet been revealed.