The Sultanate of Brunei has been in mourning for several days. On October 24, the country’s official television channel announced the sudden disappearance of Prince Azim at the age of 38. Fourth in the order of succession to the throne, the second son of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah died in hospital from a “serious illness”, reports German media Bunte. And while Asian media reported the likelihood of liver cancer, Prince Mateen of Brunei, Prince Azim’s younger brother, revealed that it was actually an autoimmune disease.
“Earlier this year, my brother was diagnosed with severe systemic vasculitis, which is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a condition marked by a dysfunction of the immune system that causes antibodies to attack the tissues of his own body, “said the prince on his Instagram account, which added that his brother’s immune system had ended up attacking his organs, causing his death. “Eventually, my brother succumbed to the failure of several of his organs caused by chronic infections due to his autoimmune disease. This is what caused his death on the morning of October 24, 2020,” he said. highlighted.
Prince Azim also suffered from bipolar disorder
A disease which was “difficult to cross” for Prince Azim, who was also suffering from bipolar disorder as revealed by Prince Mateen. However, it was out of the question for him to keep silent about his brother’s illness any longer. “We wanted to share this information about his illnesses because I know that is what my brother would have wanted. He has always campaigned to highlight different causes,” he added. Indeed, for several years Prince Azim, in addition to being very friends with many celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Mariah Carey, was committed to people with autism, calling in particular to treat them “with respect”.
Prince Azim © JLPPA