Mormon President Thomas Monson dies at 90

FILE PHOTO: President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Thomas Monson waves to the Mormon faithful after the third session of their 179th annual general conference in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2009. REUTERS/George Frey/File Photo

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FILE PHOTO: President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas Monson gives a talk at the fourth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah October 2, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey/File Photo

(Reuters) - Mormon President Thomas Monson, who headed one of the world’s fastest growing and most affluent religions, has died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church said on Wednesday.

Monson, who was 90, became the church's 16th president in 2008. His predecessor Gordon Hinckley died aged 97 in late 2007.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - as the religion is officially known - has a global membership of 15.8 million, more than half of whom live outside the United States, its country of origin.

Monson died on Tuesday evening surrounded by his family, the church said in a statement on its website.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Alison Williams and John Stonestreet)

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