Morocco's King Hassan II dead at 70
July 23, 1999
Web posted at: 4:05 p.m. EDT (2005 GMT)
RABAT, Morocco (CNN) -- Morocco's King Hassan II, whose
health had been fragile in recent years, died Friday at a
hospital in the capital of Rabat, sources tell CNN.
The all-powerful monarch, who had been an important unifying
force in his North African nation, was 70.
In a statement Friday, the Royal Palace medical staff
announced that the king had been admitted to Avicennes
Hospital with "acute pneumonia, which requires a cardiac and
State-run television later interrupted programming, without
explanation, to read verses from the Koran.