Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died at 90, state TV said early Friday.

He had been in a hospital since December suffering from pneumonia.

Abdullah, a strong U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaeda, took power in 2005 after his half-brother King Fahd died.

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The announcement, which came in statement read by a presenter, was accompanied by video of worshippers at the Kaaba in Mecca, the Associated Press reported.
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