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, but considered to be in his 89th year in Thailand.
“He died peacefully at Siriraj hospital,” the palace said.
His son and heir apparent, the 63-year old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is expected to become Thailand’s new king.