Sheikh Khalifa’s death, including the cause of death, may be seen below.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, died on Friday at the age of 73, according to state media, after a long battle with sickness.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles the people of the UAE and the Islamic world… on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Friday, May 13,” the official WAM news agency said.
This online news outlet reports that the government has declared 40 days of mourning beginning Friday, with flags flying at half-mast and public and private sector work suspended for the first three days.
Sheikh Khalifa became the UAE’s second president in November 2004, succeeding his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, the federation’s wealthiest emirate, prior to his death.
He hasn’t been seen in public since 2014, when he underwent surgery after suffering a stroke, but he has continued to make decisions.