Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dies
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has passed away at the age of 90, after spending several weeks in the hospital.By Matt Picht | January 22, 2015
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has passed away at the age of 90.
Saudi Arabia's state-run TV announced the news early Friday. The monarch was hospitalized with a lung infection several weeks ago, and had been battling poor health for years
Abdullah assumed the throne in 2005, but had been the kingdom's de facto leader since a stroke incapacitated the previous king in 1995. Under his guidance, Saudi Arabia took a more active role in regional disputes, countering Iran's presence in countries like Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.