UAE prince and fashion designer Khalid Al Qasimi dies at 39

The Emirate of Sharjah announced the death of the ruler's son in a statement Tuesday after London's Metropolitan police were called to a residence -- which according to British media was where Qasimi's body was found -- in the upmarket Knightsbridge area shortly after 10.30 a.m. local time (5.30 a.m ET) the day before.The Emirate of Sharjah announced the death of the ruler's son in a statement Tuesday after London's Metropolitan police were called to a residence -- which according to British media was where Qasimi's body was found -- in the upmarket Knightsbridge area shortly after 10.30 a.m. local time (5.30 a.m ET) the day before.

"A man in his late 30s was found deceased inside the property," the police said in a statement, adding that the "death is currently being treated as unexplained." A post-mortem examination carried out Tuesday failed to identify the cause of death, it added.

Funeral prayers were held for Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi on Wednesday as the Emirate announced three-days of mourning, with flags flying at half staff.

His father, Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, posted images and a video of the prayers on Instagram Wednesday.

The 39-year-old, who was the last surviving son of the Sharjah ruler, moved to London when he was nine years old.

"He was educated at Tonbridge School, where he was awarded an art scholarship upon entry, and went on to read French and Spanish at University College London," according to his fashion label's website.

After studying at Central Saint Martins art school in London, he launched his eponymous fashion label, Qasimi, in 2008.

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