This handout photo shows Thai King Bumibhol Adulyadej lighting candles at a ceremony performed by 20 senior monks at the Grand Palace to mark Coronation day, in Bangkok, 04 May 2007.  King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world's longest-reigning monarch. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE     AFP PHOTO/HO/ROYAL BUREAU        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand dies
01:17 - Source: CNN

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US-born and Swiss-educated King Bhumibol was a deeply revered figure in Thailand

He reigned for seven decades

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who died Thursday aged 88, reigned through an era of rising prosperity and frequent political turmoil.

A member of the Chakri dynasty, which has occupied the Thai throne since the 18th century, US-born and Swiss-educated Bhumibol was a deeply revered figure whose unifying appeal stretched across the spectrum of Thai society, from the rich urban elite to poor provincial farmers.