DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Oman’s ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, as died at the age of 79, state media reported Saturday.
“With great sorrow and deep sadness… the royal court mourns His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who passed away on Friday,” a court state-run oman News Agency announced his death on its official Twitter account, saying he died late Friday.
Last month he returned home after undergoing medical checks and treatment in Belgium. There were reports he was suffering from cancer.
Sultan Qaboos was unmarried and had no heir or designated successor.
The sultan has ruled Oman since overthrowing his father in a bloodless 1970 coup. He has no known successor for his throne in Oman, a country on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula that’s home to some 4.6 million people.