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Queen mother of Lesotho dies

MASERU, Lesotho Mamohato Bereng Seeiso, the queen mother of the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, died after collapsing in a church outside the capital. She was 62.

No cause of death was immediately released, but she had reportedly complained of fatigue shortly before she died Sunday.

The mother of King Letsie III collapsed at the Roman Catholic Church in Mantsoenyane, outside Maseru, and later died at a nearby hospital, a member of the Basotho royal family announced, the South African Press Association reported.

Lesotho has 2.1 million people and its borders are encompassed by South Africa.

South African President Thabo Mbeki conveyed his country's condolences.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with your majesty and your family, as well as the government and people of the Kingdom of Lesotho during this time of mourning," said Mbeki in a statement.

Queen Mamohato is survived by her two sons, King Letsie III and Prince Bereng Seeiso Seeiso and by two grandchildren. No immediate funeral plans were given.

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