FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Amha Selassie, son of the late Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, has died after a prolonged illness. He was 80.

The family came from a line of rulers who claimed ancestry from Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Haile Selassie reigned for 40 years, until a cadre of military officers ousted him in 1974.

The monarchy was abolished and Leninist-Marxist rule was established. While Amha Selassie proclaimed himself emperor in 1989, he never actually took power. The military regime ended with President Mengistu Haile Mariam's ouster by rebels in 1991.

Amha Selassie died Jan. 17 in Fairfax, Va., according to a statement issued by his personal office. He was to be buried in Addis Ababa after a memorial service Sunday at a Presbyterian church in Washington.