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Saudi crown prince dies: report

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, who served as the kingdom's first deputy prime minister and minister of defense and aviation, has died, CNN television reported.

world Updated: Oct 22, 2011 11:24 IST

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, who served as the kingdom's first deputy prime minister and minister of defense and aviation, has died, CNN television reported.

The network cited unidentified sources at the US State Department in reporting the news.

A State Department official reached by AFP said the department was "not ready" to make a comment on the matter, but did not rule out commenting later.

Prince Sultan, born in 1928, was the 15th son of Saudi King Abdul-Aziz.

A strong supporter of the US-Saudi security alliance, he promoted large purchases of US arms, including tanks, helicopters, missiles and AWACS airborne warning and control systems.

According to media reports, in 2004, the prince was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent several surgeries.

In 2009, he spent several months at New York Presbyterian Hospital where he underwent more surgery and then went for recovery to Agadir, Morocco.

He has spent much of last year in medical treatment.