Monday, October 15, 2012

Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk dies in Beijing at 89


Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Monineath wave at Phnom Penh airport, in Cambodia
In this Oct 20, 2004 file photo, Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Monineath wave at Phnom Penh airport, in Cambodia. -- PHOTO: AP
BEIJING (AFP) - Cambodia’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk, a revered figure in his home country who had suffered from a number of ailments in recent years, died in Beijing on Monday, Chinese state media and close aides said.
“Norodom Sihanouk has died in Beijing,” Chinese state news agency Xinhua said. The ex-monarch would have been 90 on October 31.

“Our former King died at 2am early Monday in Beijing due to natural cause,” Cambodian deputy prime minister Nhek Bunchhay told Xinhua by phone. “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.”
Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen will fly to Beijing on Monday morning to receive Prince Sihanouk’s body for a traditional funeral in Cambodia, he added when contacted by AFP.