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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince passes away

October 22, 2011 - Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has died abroad after a prolonged illness, the country's Royal Court has said in a statement.

"With deep sorrow and sadness the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz mourns the death of his brother and his Crown Prince Sultan who died at dawn this morning Saturday outside the kingdom following an illness," the statement said.

Funeral services will be held in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday, Gulf News reports.

Prince Sultan, born in 1928, was the 15th son of Saudi King Abdul Aziz.

A strong supporter of the US-Saudi security alliance, he promoted large purchases of US arms, including tanks, helicopters, missiles and AWACS airborne warning and control systems.

According to the report, the prince was diagnosed with Colon cancer in 2004 and underwent several surgeries.

In 2009, he spent several months at New York Presbyterian Hospital where he underwent more surgery and then went for recovery to Agadir, Morocco.

Prince Sultan had been on a visit to the United States for medical tests, and underwent back surgery earlier this month.


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