Faisal of Saudi Arabia

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King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: فيصل بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود Fayṣal ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Su‘ūd; 14 April 1906[1] – 25 March 1975) was King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 until his assassination.

Life[change | change source]

Born on April 14, 1906. He was the third son of Ibn Saud. He became king when his brother Saud resigned.

He was the Saudi foreign minister from 1930 and prime minister from 1954 until his death, except for a two-year break in both positions from 1960 to 1962.

Death[change | change source]

On 25 March 1975, King Faisal was shot twice in the head in a point-blank by his nephew, Faisal bin Musaid, the son of his half-brother, Musa'id bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He was quickly taken to Central Hospital in Riyadh as doctors massaged his heart and gave him a blood transfusion but failed. He died shortly afterwards. He was 68 years old. At the time of his death, his nephew was executed three months later by decapitation for the murder.

References[change | change source]

  1. "King Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia". Retrieved 25 June 2012.