BANGKOK: A palace statement confirmed on Thursday that Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, world’s longest-reigning monarch has died.
Several hundred people had gathered at a Bangkok hospital on Thursday where Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, was in an unstable condition as the government urged jittery stock investors to ignore rumours.
The palace said in a statement late on Wednesday the king’s health had “overall not yet stabilised” and the 88-year-old was on a ventilator and battling a new infection.
It followed a statement on Sunday saying the king was in an unstable condition after receiving haemodialysis treatment.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had also cancelled an evening engagement. No reason was given.
“There will be no dinner tonight for the police which the prime minister was due to attend. That engagement has been called off,” Piyaphand Pingmuang, a deputy police spokesman earlier said.
Prayuth will also cancel his attendance at a summit in Goa, India, on Sunday, the government said. Again, no reason was given.
Well-wishers had gathered outside Siriraj Hospital, which is near Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river, where the king spent much of the past year.
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