[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.