ThePresident of the Mormon Church, Thomas Monson, has passed away .
He had served since April 2008 as 16th president of what is formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Mr. Monson died on Tuesday at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., where the church is based .
Presidents are considered prophets and serve as both religious and administrative head of the Mormon Church, which has about 16 million adherents worldwide.
Joseph Smith, the church’s 19th-century founder, was the first president.
Mr. Monson had been a member of the church’s top leadership circle since October 1963.
Mr Monson died at the age of 90