An announcement by the national Television claimed the 90 year olf breathed his last on Friday morning after bedridden for few weeks following pneumonia attack.
Saudi state TVsent out the news conformation dousing emotions as it continued to play recitation of Koranic verses, which is signifies the passage of an important personality in the country, just as social media activists claimed the news was not true earlier .
He was 90 years old and ascended the throne in 2005.
Saudi state Press Agency had claimed the King had been transferred to the Hospital for suffering from pneumonia and undergoing treatment.
announced Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is now officially the new Saudi king and Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz is the new crown prince.
King Abdullah became the oil-rich nation’s sixth king in August1, 2005.
His reign has attracted a criss-cross of opinion as many perceived him as hard-lined following his stance on women freedom and occasioned interest in Yemen local politics as well as his hard-line stance on Islamic clerics.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died, Saudi state television has said.
Reuters news agency reported that the Quranic recitation on the state TV was the official confirmation following earlier disclaim by social media activists.
According to Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarrad: “This is someone who is definitely going to be remembered as a reformist within the royal family.
“He succeeded his brother at a very delicate time and started reforms in the country.”
Saudi TV also announced Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is now officially the new Saudi king and Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz is the new crown prince.
“His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1 a.m. this morning,” said the statement on Saudi Arabian state TV channel attributed to Salman.
King Abdullah had been in hospital for several weeks as he had been suffering from pneumonia and temporarily needed to breathe through a tube on account of his illness.
Abdullah was officially appointed king in 2006, but prior to that he had run the country for at least 10 years as de facto regent, after his predecessor, King Fahd, suffered a debilitating stroke.
The royal’s age is not officially known, However, it is believed that he was born in 1923, according to Reuters.