Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II, 94, one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, has died, the prime minister's office announced.
King Malietoa died Friday night at Tupua Tamasese National Hospital in the Samoan capital of Apia, where he had been staying for about a week. The cause of death was not announced.
The king succeeded to the title in 1940, when his father died. He was made Samoa's joint head of state with Tupua Tamasese Meaole when the country gained independence from New Zealand in 1962, and he became sole head of state a year later when Tupua Tamasese died.