BREAKING: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passes away at 91

BREAKING: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passes away at 91

[Ed. – The Saudi government denied the report earlier today, but it is now being confirmed by multiple news outlets.]

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Thursday, Reuters reports, citing Saudi state television.

Abdullah’s designated successor is Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, his 79-year-old half-brother.

Reuters reports that King Abdullah had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital in December for medical tests. The royal court announced in January that Abdullah was suffering from pneumonia.

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