BANGKOK – Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday in Bangkok at the age of 88, according to a statement by the Royal Household Bureau.
The king, who died at 3:52 p.m. local time (0852 GMT), ruled the kingdom for seven decades and was revered by the Thai public as a semi-divine figure.
He passed away in Siriraj Hospital, where he had received hemodialysis treatment on Oct. 8 after his health worsened during the weekend.
The sovereign had been hospitalized since October 2014, and passed away peacefully, the palace statement said.
King Bhumibol, who has been on the throne since June 9, 1946, had been treated at the hospital for various ailments for much of the past year.
His last public appearance was on Jan. 11, when he visited the Royal Chitralada Palace in the capital.