MOTRIL, Spain — King Baudouin of Belgium died of apparent heart failure Saturday while vacationing in Spain, a government spokesman said.
The king, 62, died in Motril, a town in the southern province of Granada on the Mediterranean coast. He and his wife, Queen Fabiola, had been vacationing in Motril the past week.
The king, who presided over a nation of 10 million people actually governed by a parliament, had prostate surgery in 1991 and an operation to repair a heart valve last year.
Baudouin's 42 years on the throne began dramatically when he took over from his father, Leopold III, in 1951. Leopold had been a Nazi prisoner during World War II, and his attempted return in 1950 precipitated a political revolt, resulting in his abdication.