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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch and a father-figure to the nation, died in hospital Thursday, the palace announced.King Bhumibol reigned for seven decades after ascending the throne in 1946, providing a pillar of stability during the Cold War, the long conflict in Vietnam and his country's own political upheaval and rapid development.The king's son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is expected to become Thailand's new king and does not command the same adoration in the kingdom of 67 million people that his father earned over a lifetime on the throne.More than 1,000 people gathered at the hospital where the king had been staying.When the king's sister died in 2008, a 100-day mourning period was declared.
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