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Mormon church president Thomas S. Monson dies at 90

Jan. 4, 2018 at 12:17 a.m.

In this Aug. 23, 2008 photo, President Thomas S. Monson attends the Cultural Celebration performed by the youth of the Twin falls Temple district in Twin Falls, Idaho. Monson, the 16th president of the Mormon church, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, after overseeing the religion for nearly a decade. He was 90. (Scott G. Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — Thomas S. Monson, considered a prophet by nearly 16 million Mormons worldwide, has died at the age of 90 after a nearly a decade as church president. He expanded the church's reach and its transparency and was known for promoting humanitarian causes despite leading a divisive fight against gay marriage.

Monson died Tuesday night at his home in Salt Lake City, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins.

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