The death of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed, the son of Dubai’s ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was announced over the weekend at the age of just 33.
The Dubai royal is believed to have died following a heart attack, and since then a myriad of rumours have emerged regarding his lifestyle.
Replaced in line to become Crown Prince by his younger brother Sheikh Hamden in 2008, the low-profile royal had supposedly undergone treatment for drug addiction and was purposefully kept out of the spotlight.
Sheikh Rashid was also named in a document posted by whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, where claims he had murdered an assistant in his father’s office were officially recorded by a US diplomatic communication.
As of yet the allegations of a darker side to the 33-year-old’s life have not been commented on by officials of the UAE.
Hardly surprising given the esteem he was held in by his family, and the three-day period of mourning which was announced following his funeral on Saturday.
Educated in the UK at Sandhurst and supposedly a Manchester United fan, Sheikh Rashid was well known for his sporting endeavours. He claimed gold in the 120KM endurance race at the 15th Asian Games in Qatar in 2006, and he owned Dubai based stables Zabeel Racing.
Whether or not speculation will be addressed regarding the death remains to be seen, but there certainly are some pretty serious questions that are shrouded in mystery.