King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dead at 90

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, has died at 90, according to the Associated Press, citing Saudi state TV reports. The king had ruled since he took office in 2005 as his country’s sixth king. He had been ill recently. The announcement came in statement read by a presenter on Saudi state TV, which said he died Friday and also aired video of worshippers at the Kaaba in Mecca.

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In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, center, arrives at Riyadh airbase to attend the funeral of King Abdullah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90. (AP Photo)
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In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, center, arrives at Riyadh airbase to attend the funeral of King Abdullah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90. (AP Photo)

In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's newly enthroned King Salman, right, talks with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during the funeral of Salman's half brother King Abdullah at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/SPA)

President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Rawdat Khuraim in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014.

A file picture taken on June 3, 2009 shows Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud (L) greeting US President Barack Obama during an arrival ceremony at the King Khaled international airport in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on January 23, 2015, the OPEC-kingpin's royal court said in a statement. AFP PHOTO / FILES

A file picture taken on November 14, 2008 shows Saudi King Abdullah (L) being greeted by then US President George W. Bush (R) on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, prior to a dinner with leaders attending the Summit on Financial Markets. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on January 23, 2015, the OPEC-kingpin's royal court said in a statement. AFP PHOTO / Files / Jim WATSON

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A file picture taken on November 14, 2008 shows Saudi King Abdullah (L) being greeted by then US President George W. Bush (R) on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, prior to a dinner with leaders attending the Summit on Financial Markets. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on January 23, 2015, the OPEC-kingpin's royal court said in a statement. AFP PHOTO / Files / Jim WATSON

This April 25, 2005 file photo shows US President George W. Bush (L) holding hands with then Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah as they walk past blue bonnets at Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on January 23, 2015 the OPEC-kingpin's royal court said in a statement. AFP PHOTO / Files / Jim WATSON

In a picture taken on August 14, 2012, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz waves during an extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Mecca. According to a royal court statement January 22, 2015, Saudi King Abdullah has died. AFP PHOTO / Files/ FAYEZ NURELDINE

In a picture taken on November 14, 2008,Saudi King Abdullah (R) upon his arrival at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, prior to a dinner hosted by then US president George W. Bush for leaders of the Summit on Financial Markets which was held in the US capital. According to a royal court statement January 22, 2015, Saudi King Abdullah has died. AFP PHOTO / Files / JIM WATSON

In a picture taken on October 30, 2007, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (Centre Foreground) reviews a Guard of Honour with Britain's Prince Philip (Centre Background) in Horse Guards Parade in London, during a State visit. According to a royal court statement January 22, 2015, Saudi King Abdullah has died. AFP Photo/FIONA HANSON/POOL

In this Saturday, March 3, 2007 photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, is greeted by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, on his arrival at the airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for Ahmadinejad's first official visit to Saudi Arabia. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

In this Wednesday, March 11, 2009 file photo, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, center, speaks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, left, and Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia hosted the leaders of Egypt and Syria in an effort to persuade Damascus to move away from Iran and instead work with U.S.-allied Arab countries to blunt Tehran's influence. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2009 file photo, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, right, speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama, during arrival ceremonies at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, stands next to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as Britain's Prince Charles looks on during the ceremonial welcome for Abdullah in London. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Fiona Hanson, Pool)

In this Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 file photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, left, speaks with Prince Salman, the Saudi King's brother and Riyadh governor, right, before the king's departure to United States, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File)

In this Tuesday, June 3, 2003 file photo, from left, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah, U.S. President George W. Bush, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, stand together for a group photo after their meeting in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

File photo of a young Abdullah.