Mohammad Zahir Shah
Summary: last king of Afghanistan who returned from 30 years of exile in Italy to bless his war-battered country's fragile course toward democracy during his 40-year reign and became a symbol of yearned-for peace and unity in a nation still struggling to emerge from the turmoil that began with his 1973 ouster in a palace coup.
Cause of Death: Lengthy illness
Born: October 15, 1914
Died: July 23, 2007
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan