22 January 2015 - Last updated at 18:25 ET
Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91
Apparently to be succeeded by Aziz.Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital, state TV says.
Before the announcement, Saudi television cut to Koranic verses early on Friday, which often signifies the death of a senior royal.
King Abdullah, who is said to be aged about 90, had been in hospital for several weeks suffering from a lung infection.
The king came to the throne in 2005 but has suffered frequent bouts of ill health in recent years.
Oil price and other issues.