King Of Tonga Dies In Hospital

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March 18, 2012 | 8:21pm EST

George Tupou V, the king of Tonga, has died, aged 63.
He died at a hospital in Hong Kong on Sunday, according to Tongan government officials.

A cause of death has not been released.

Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka, who was with his father when he passed away, is to become the South Pacific nation’s monarch.

George V ascended to the throne in 2006 following the death of his father, Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV.