Riyadh: Saudi King Salman's elder half-brother, the tenth son of the country's founding monarch, has died at the age of 96.
Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was not an actively political royal within the ruling Al Saud family. He was the eldest living son of the late King Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The Saudi Press Agency confirmed the news late Sunday.
Prince Bandar's sons hold important posts: Prince Faisal bin Bandar is governor of Riyadh; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar heads the National Guard; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar is deputy governor of Mecca and Prince Khalid bin Bandar serves as an adviser to King Salman.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a cable of condolences to King Salman on the death of Prince Bandar.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, sent similar messages of condolences to King Salman.