World's longest reigning monarch, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, dies at 88

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, breathed his last on Thursday. He was 88. Well-wishers of the King stood outside the hospital where he was being treated.

FP Staff October 13, 2016 20:54:59 IST
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, breathed his last on Thursday. He was 88. Well-wishers of the King stood outside the hospital where he was being treated. Photo: Reuters
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King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, breathed his last on Thursday. He was 88. Well-wishers of the King stood outside the hospital where he was being treated. Photo: Reuters
The Royal Palace said Bhumibol died "in a peaceful state" at Siriraj Hospital. People heard the news through a TV reporting outside the hospital. Photo: AP
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The Royal Palace said Bhumibol died "in a peaceful state" at Siriraj Hospital. People heard the news through a TV reporting outside the hospital. Photo: AP
Bhumibol had been the world's longest reigning monarch. He was an anchor of stability. A Thai woman, who was overcome with emotions, was assisted at Siriraj Hospital. Photo: AP
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Bhumibol had been the world's longest reigning monarch. He was an anchor of stability. A Thai woman, who was overcome with emotions, was assisted at Siriraj Hospital. Photo: AP
He was a gentle leader who used the influence of the throne to unify the nation. Women wept after hearing the news of his demise. Photo: Reuters
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He was a gentle leader who used the influence of the throne to unify the nation. Women wept after hearing the news of his demise. Photo: Reuters