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Bhumibol Adulyadej Dies: King of Thailand Ruled Since WWII

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 11:26 AM

Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand who ruled for more than 70 years, died Thursday at 88.

The announcement of his passing came in a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV on Thursday, reported CNN. He had undergone medical procedures over the weekend.

“Even though the board of doctors has closely monitored and treated him to the best of its abilities, the king’s condition never improved but deteriorated until Thursday,” the statement read, according to The Telegraph.

However, the Royal Palace said Adulyadej died in a “peaceful manner.” A specific cause of death wasn't given.

Earlier this week it was said the king was on a ventilator, dealing with kidney problems, and his condition was “not stable,” said The Telegraph.

King Adulyadej took the throne shortly after World War II, and in his epic reign he established himself as a revered personification of Thai nationhood, said The New York Times.

He was highly respected for the importance he placed on unity among the people.

Despite the fact that he was brought on as an accidental monarch at the age of 18 after the violent death of his older brother in 1946, he fully embraced the role. He upheld tradition in a place where hierarchy, deference and loyalty were a few of Thailand’s guiding principles.

Adulyadej enjoyed traveling through croplands in distant provinces to tend to the many development projects he managed — projects including his “milk-pasteurizing plants, dams that watered rice fields, factories that recycled sugar-cane stalks and water hyacinths into fuel, and countless others,” the Times said.

He was also admired for his actions in the midst of political crisis, as he exemplified a clever sense of when to intervene to defuse an issue.

“We are fighting in our own house,” the king chided two warring politicians whom he had called upon to sit humbly at his feet in 1992. “It is useless to live on burned ruins.”

The Royal Palace said King Bhumibol died at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

After the king’s death, many formed outside of the hospital, not knowing where else to go for comfort.

Many among the crowd prayed, sang the royal anthem and repeatedly shouted: “Long live the King.”

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