Saudi Prince Muhammad dies

July 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 8 (UPI) -- Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz died abroad Sunday, the royal court announced in a statement. He was in his late 70s.

Prince Muhammad, who was born in Riyadh in 1934, was emir of the al-Baha region from 1987 to 2010.

The royal court said funeral prayers will be recited after sunset prayers Monday at a mosque in Riyadh, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The statement made no mention of a cause or location of the prince's death.

Muhammad was the third son of King Saud, serving in a number of positions, including minister of defense and aviation, before his father was deposed in a power struggle with his half-brother, Faisal, in 1964.

Married to one of King Faisal's daughters, he pledged fealty to the new king and went on to hold a number of other important positions in the kingdom.

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