Saudi Crown Prince Dies at New York Hospital

By Tom Liddy on October 23, 2011 12:50pm 

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud speaks to the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 15, 2005 in New York City. The main topics of the summit discussed are the need for UN reform, the fight against terrorism, and further effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud speaks to the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 15, 2005 in New York City. The main topics of the summit discussed are the need for UN reform, the fight against terrorism, and further effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
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MANHATTAN — The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, died at a New York hospital on Saturday at the age of 80.

Prince Sultan, who was closely allied with the U.S. over the past 50 years, had been battling colon cancer for years before his death at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

According to the New York Times, the prince had been slipping in and out of a coma in recent weeks after being admitted to the hospital over the summer.

The death of the prince leaves Prince Nayef the likely successor to the throne.

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