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Thailand's King Bhumibol — world's longest-reigning monarch — has died at age 88

Thailand's Royal Palace says King Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died at age 88. The palace said the king passed away peacefully on Thursday at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital. The palace statement did not mention details of mourning or succession. Bhumibol Adulyadej (pronounced poo-mee-pon ah-dun-yaa-det) became king in 1946 and was revered in Thailand as a demigod.
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