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The Thai king has died after 70 years on the throne — here are the world's longest-ruling monarchs

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday at age 88, after holding the throne for 70 years. He became king in 1946 and was honored as a demigod in the Southeast Asian country. However, he withdrew from public life over the last 10 years due to his deteriorating health, living at a Bangkok hospital. With his death, the title of longest-reigning monarch will pass to Queen Elizabeth II.
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