U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabian King Abdullah laugh as they speak to the media after their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, D.C., on June 29, 2010
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By Lily Rothman
January 23, 2015

Saudi state TV reported Friday morning, local time, that King Abdullah had died at 90. The monarch’s health was a known concern last April, when TIME took a long look at the state of affairs between Saudi Arabia and the U.S., and the relationship between the King and President Barack Obama.

Though interactions between the two nations were showing signs of stress, they still provided a window into the world of the King:

Read the full story here, on TIME.com: The King and O

Write to Lily Rothman at lily.rothman@time.com.

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