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Son of King Sihanouk dies at 49 in Paris.

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 9 Kyodo

Cambodian Prince Norodom Narindrapong, the second son of King Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Monineath, has died of a heart attack in Paris at the age of 49, the late prince's half-brother Prince Norodom Ranariddh told reporters Thursday.

''I myself, the king and queen as well as other royal family members, were all so sad after receiving the information of his death from Paris,'' said Prince Ranariddh, who leads the royalist FUNCINPEC party.

The funeral for Prince Narindrapong, who died after long suffering from mental disease, will take place in Paris, he said.

The late prince was married with two daughters.

He undertook his secondary and university schooling in Moscow, and spoke Russian and French fluently.

Prince Narindrapong was a prisoner with King Sihanouk and Queen Monineath and his brother Prince Norodom Sihamni in the royal palace during the 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge regime.

He never held any position in government.

King Sihanouk, who turns 81 on Oct. 31, has lost many children, grandchildren and other members of the royal family, mostly during the period of Khmer Rouge rule.

He has had over a dozen children with six wives.

The death of Prince Naridrapong leaves Prince Norodom Sihamoni, 50, who has for a decade been Cambodia's ambassador to UNESCO in Paris, as the sole surviving child of King Sihanouk and Queen Monineath, who were married in April 1952.
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Date:Oct 14, 2003
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