King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia died Friday (Jan. 23), at the age of 90. The king had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

Reports ABC News:

Saudi state television cut to the recitation of Koranic verses, which often signifies the death of a senior royal.

Abdullah had ruled Saudi Arabia as king since 2005, but had run the country as de facto regent for a decade before that after his predecessor King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke.

Abdullah’s brother and crown prince, Salman, was declared the new king, according to a statement attributed to Salman.

“His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1:00am this morning,” the statement said.

King Abdullah will be buried Friday.


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