Cambodia's former king is dead

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 06:10 hrs

Phnom Penh, Oct 15 (IANS) Former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk is dead. He was 90, an official said Monday.

The former king died of natural causes at the age of 90 in Beijing, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Nhik Bun Chhay confirmed Monday.

"Our former king died at 2 a.m. Monday in Beijing due to natural cause," he told Xinhua over telephone.

"This is a great loss for Cambodia. We feel very sad. The former king was a great king that we all respect and love him."

He said that King Norodom Sihamoni would fly to Beijing Monday to receive Norodom Sihanouk's body to Cambodia for a traditional funeral.

Sihanouk was born Oct 31, 1922. He suffered from various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension and had been treated by Chinese doctors in Beijing for years.

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