Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the half-brother of the King of Saudi Arabia, has died after being treated for an undisclosed illness in the United States.
It’s believed he was eighty-six years old. According to Saudi state television, his funeral will be held on Tuesday.
Prince Sultan had been operated on in a New York hospital in July this year. He had also been diagnosed with colon cancer in two thousand and four.
Succession in the Saudi royal family moves down from brother to brother since the death of the country’s founder, Ibn Saud.
Next in line for the throne is Prince Nayef, the second deputy prime minister who’s in his late seventies. He’s a full brother of the current King, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.