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Emirati crown prince found dead in London after reported ‘drug-fueled orgy’

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Emirati crown prince and fashion designer Khalid Al Qasimi was found dead in in his London penthouse following what British tabloids report was a drug- and sex-fueled party.

Qasimi, 39, was the son of Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates.

A postmortem failed to find a cause of death, which London authorities said occurred under “unexplained circumstances,” and further results are not expected for about two months.

U.K. tabloid the Sun reported that police found drugs at the scene and quoted an anonymous source stating, “There had apparently been a party where some guests were taking drugs and having sex. It is suspected that Sheik Khalid may have died suddenly as a result of taking drugs. As well as the police inquiry, an urgent internal probe has been ordered and staff has been ordered to keep quiet.” The Daily Mail quoted sources describing the party as a “drug-fuelled orgy.”

The younger Qasimi had lived in London for most of his life and was well-known in fashion circles, with items from his namesake label Qasimi worn by celebrities such as Lady Gaga. Earlier this year, he created a stir at a Paris show by showcasing a T-shirt that said “Press. Don’t Shoot” in Arabic, a replica of shirts worn by reporters covering the war between Israel and Lebanon in 1982.

“Qasimi is a way for me to discuss what’s going on around us whether it is politics or economics,” he once said. “I’ve always considered myself to be an outsider wherever I am. I’m too Western to fit in in the Middle East, and too Middle Eastern to fit in in the west. At the same time, I don’t think I’m the kind of person that wants to fit in either way. I like to observe.”

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The funeral was held Wednesday in Sharjah in keeping with Islamic tradition, which requires burial within 24 hours of death. The emirate declared three days of mourning, with flags flying at half-staff.

“The design world has lost a great philosopher and artist and we ask that the privacy of the family, team, and brand are respected at this difficult time,” his label said in a statement.

Qasimi was the last surviving son of Sharjah’s ruler. His elder half-brother, Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, died at age 24 from a drug overdose in 1999 in the London suburb of East Grinstead.

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