Saudi King clinically deadclinically dead according to the pan-Arabic daily Al-Sharq il-Awsat.
His reported brain death occurred following complicated back surgery that took place in Riyadh on November 17 at the National Guard's King Abdulaziz Medical City, according to the report, and the king's aides claimed he is in good health.
Nevertheless, medical sources told the newspaper the monarch's condition was “expected to change soon.”
Abdullah has been upon the throne since 2005. The crown has passed down through a line of sons since the death in 1953 of the founder of the kingdom, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud.
The king's brother, Crown Prince Salman, defense minister of Saudi Arabia, reassured the nation and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting Riyadh “good news that he is well and in good health.” Thirteen years his junior, Salman also “reassured” Saudis about the monarch's health the day before at a cabinet meeting, according to the SPA state news agency.Salman has been designated Abdullah's successor.