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Sharjah Ruler`s Son, dies In London; Police Probe `Unexplained Death`

Khalid Al Qasimi a fashion designer and son of the Emir of Sharjah

The 39-yearold was the second son of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi, ruler of UAE's Sharjah.

He has a degree in architecture and another in fashion design from London's prestigious Central Saint Martins arts school.

"A three-day official mourning was announced in Sharjah, during which UAE flags will be flown at half-mast beginning with the arrival of the body and the funeral prayer", Gulf News reported on Tuesday.

The President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, offered his condolences to Sheikh Sultan and his family.

London police told the BBC that they had received a report of "a sudden death at a residential property in Knightsbridge". London's Metropolitan Police said the death was being treated as unexplained, and that an initial post-mortem examination carried out on Tuesday failed to identify a cause of death.

Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi was seen in pictures praying at the King Faisal Mosque as his eyes remained closed.

Khalid was named crown prince after his older brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan al Qasimi, died of a heroin overdose in 1999 at the family's English manor. In an Instagram post, his father spoke of his unimaginable loss, but said his son was now "in the care of God".

In a statement, the fashion label said the crown prince had died "unexpectedly" but did not provide further information on his death.

It added that "Khalid was praised for his tenacious yet sensitive exploration of social-political issues" and continued: "The design world has lost a great philosopher and artist".

His collections often included cultural and political references, particularly those pertaining to the Middle East and its "sometimes strained relationship with the West".