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A Samoan state funeral was held on 18 May 2007 for the Samoan head of state, His Highness Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II, followed by a memorial service at the Baha'i House of Worship near Apia. A follower of the Baha'i Faith, he was one of the longest reigning monarchs in the world. He was "the first reigning sovereign to accept the Message of Baha'u'llah", the Universal House of Justice said.