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    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, World's Longest-Reigning Monarch, Dies at 88

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    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died at the age of 88, according to a statement made by the Royal Palace.

    King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as Rama IX, died on Thursday in Bangkok at Siriraj Hospital where he had been taken on October 10.

    King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. He was born in 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father, Prince Mahidol Adulyadej was studying at Harvard at the time.

    On June 9, 1946, after the death of his elder brother, King Ananda Mahidol, Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne but was officially crowned King of Thailand on May 5, 1950.

    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (far right) plays the saxophone during a jam session with legendary jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman (far left) and his band in New York on July 5, 1960.
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    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (far right) plays the saxophone during a jam session with legendary jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman (far left) and his band in New York on July 5, 1960.

    In 1950, King Bhumibol Adulyadej married Sirikit Kitiyakara, the daughter of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara. The royal couple has four children, one son and three daughters. Crown Prince of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn is the heir apparent to the throne.

    The King was the world’s longest-serving current head of state and Thailand's longest-ruling monarch, with his reign lasting for more than 70 years.

    In a televised address, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha declared a one-year mourning period starting on Friday.

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