Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned over the nation for 70 years, has passed away at age 88.
According to the Royal Palace, the king passed away peacefully after being hospitalized since October 3. He underwent operations over the weekend due to issues with his kidneys, uneven blood flow and blood pressure. Despite the efforts of the team of royal physicians, the king’s health continued to decline and he died at 3:52 p.m. local time on Thursday.
The announcement by the Royal Palace was given at 7 p.m. and the news of the king’s death was met with great sorrow by the people waiting outside the hospital. In remembrance of the king, all government buildings will fly the Thai flag at half-staff for 30 days starting on October 14. Also starting on October 14, civil servants and government officials are ordered to wear black clothes for one year in mourning.
King Bhumibol was widely revered by his people, from the rich elite to the poor working class. His reign unified an increasingly divided country and the sorrow from his death is deeply felt throughout the entire nation. Without a doubt, King Bhumibol will be greatly missed.
Via CNN, a devastated woman after hearing the news states, “We lost our father today.”