Saud al-Faisal


Age: 75

Summary: prince of Saudi Arabia and the world's longest-serving foreign minister with 40 years in the post who was a son of the late King Faisal and became a fixture of Mideast diplomacy representing the oil-rich Gulf powerhouse as it wielded its influence in crisis after crisis shaking the region, including Lebanon's civil war in the 1970's and 1980's, the 1990 Iraqi invasion of neighboring Kuwait, and the subsequent Gulf War, and whose tenure also spanned Al Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S., the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Arab Spring uprisings, Syria's civil war, and the spread of Islamic State extremists.

Cause of Death: After back surgery

Born: January 2, 1940

Died: July 9, 2015

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia