Norway's King Olav V, a British-born dane who became the second monarch of modern Norway, died Thursday after suffering a heart attack. He was 87 and was the world's oldest monarch.

The king, who had a stroke in June, reigned for 33 years and was referred to by Norwegians as "Folkekongen" - The People's King.An only child groomed for the throne since age 2, he became a rallying point for his adopted countrymen during World War II, and throughout his reign he was regularly chosen in polls as the country's favorite Norwegian.

He is to be succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Harald V, who becomes the first Norwegian monarch born in Norway since 1370.