Sultan of Brunei’s son Prince Azim dies at 38


Prince Azim of  Brunei has died. He was 38.

The son of the enormously wealthy Sultan of Brunei, and fourth in line to the throne, died on Saturday in the capital city Bandar Seri Begawan. As is typical of Muslim countries, his funeral was held shortly after, also on Saturday.

The government made the announcement on national radio. It said that the country has now entered a seven-day period of mourning and that the population should dress accordingly.

No cause of death was given, though local media reports say that he had been ill for some time. Other unconfirmed reports pointed to liver cancer.

Azim who briefly worked as a Hollywood film producer, had a London-based production company, Daryl Prince Productions. His Hollywood credits under the name Azim Bolkiah, included 2014  Hilary Swank-starring “You’re Not You” and 2018 Rupert Everett-starring “The Happy Prince.”

Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of neighboring Malaysia, posted his condolences on Facebook. “My condolences to His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei Darussalam on the death of his majesty’s prince, Duli Yang Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran M. Azim. Malaysians are also sad for the passing of the late (prince) and pray for Paduka Seri Baginda that all the Royal relatives and the Brunei people be strong in facing this sad moment. May Allah have mercy on the soul of the deceased.”