Emir’s son, 39, died in ‘drug orgy’ at his London penthouse

‘Drug orgy’ death of Emir’s son: Fashion chain owner, 39, whose father rules Sharjah ‘died during party at his London penthouse where guests had sex and took Class As’

  • The fashion label owner died in London yesterday, it was revealed this afternoon 
  • Flags in United Arab Emirates are ordered to fly at half-mast as nation mourns 
  • Tributes are flooding on social media expressing condolences to the Emir 

Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi (pictured) died in London yesterday

The son of Sharjah’s ruler died aged 39 in London yesterday after a suspected ‘drug-fuelled orgy’. 

Men’s fashion label owner Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi was the son of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, who rules the city in the United Arab Emirates. 

Sources said a quantity of Class A drugs had been found at the penthouse flat in Knightsbridge where his body was discovered. 

Police were said to have found the drugs after being called in by medics. 

A source told The Sun: ‘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 have been ordered to keep quiet.’ 

The source added that Qasimi enjoyed the freedoms that London offers but that his story ‘has ended tragically’. 

The high-end apartment block where his body was found boasts a dozen homes that sell for up to £90 million. 


The fashion label owner (pictured) set up his menswear brand in London in 2008 and yesterday died in the capital 

The Sheikh’s friend and former business partner Elliott Frieze said last night: ‘He was incredibly hard working and talented. He was a wonderful person.’ 

No arrests have been made in the ‘unexplained’ tragedy, as detectives are describing it. Flags in Sharjah have been ordered to fly at half mast as three days of national mourning begin. 

Tributes have flooded in on social media expressing condolences to the Emir, who lost another son aged 24 in 1999.  

The Saturdays singer Vanessa White attends Qasimi menswear catwalk at London Fashion Week

The ruler (pictured) is mourning the death of his second son as flags in the UAE are ordered to fly at half-mast 

His death has been described as ‘unexpected’ by members of his team. 

The prince was born in Sharjah but moved to the UK aged nine where he was educated at the prestigious Tonbridge School in Kent. 

He studied French and Spanish at Imperial College London before moving on to an architectural degree and art school Central Saint Martins, where he studied fashion and launched his menswear label Qasimi Homme in 2008.

Its flagship UK store opened in Soho that year, with his clothes now stocked across the globe and paraded at fashion weeks in London, Paris and the Middle East. 

The UAE’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs said in a statement: ‘President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourns with grief and sorrow, the death of Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the son of the Ruler of Sharjah, praying to Allah the Almighty to rest his soul in peace, and grant his family patience and solace.’ 

Pictured: The social media announcement that revealed the prince had died in London yesterday 

A second Instagram post was uploaded on his brand’s official channel this afternoon 

A tribute posted on his brand’s Instagram account this afternoon reads: ‘It is with great sadness that we report that Khalid Al Qasimi has unexpectedly passed away on 1st July 2019.

‘Khalid was praised for his tenacious yet sensitive exploration of social-political issues, particularly those pertaining to the Middle East and its sometimes strained relationship with the West, a subject very close to his heart and his upbringing.

‘His goal was to create a world full of beautifully crafted products infused with cultural, social and political undertones to inform and inspire.

Alice Delal and Khalid AlQasimi attend a party hosted by Qasimi on November 19, 2009 in London

Jade Parfitt , H H Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, the Qasimi Creative Director , Elliott J Frieze Qasimi Chief Operations Director and Erin O’Connor on the catwalk at the Qasimi Spring Summer 2009 Fashion Show at London Fashion Week

The menswear fashion brand founder (pictured on the runway for his London Fashion Week show) died in London yesterday, it was revealed today

‘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.’  

Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi came into power in 1972. This is the second of his children to die.

His eldest son, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, died of a heroin overdose aged 24 in 1999, the Independent reported at the time.

He was reportedly found on his bathroom floor at home in East Grinstead surrounded by syringes.


Friends posted pictures of themselves with the prince to pay tribute to him. Pictured far left: Khalid Al Qasimi with Mariano Vivanco and centre right with friend Simone 

Friend and Peruvian photographer Mariano Vivanco posted this picture of Khalid Al Qasimi with the tribute: ‘Will always be my Angel RIP’ 

This locator map shows where the city of Sharjah is in the UAE, which is now mourning the death of Qasimi fashion label owner Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi who was the son of its ruler Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi

A sunset view of the ‘The Eye of Sharjah’ – a giant wheel located near corniche side. of the City of Sharjah in the UAE 

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