Prince Azim, Sultan of Brunei’s son, dead at 38
Prince Azim, the son of the mega-wealthy sultan of Brunei who also forged a minor career as a Hollywood producer, has died at the age of 38, according to reports.
Azim, who was fourth in line to the throne, died Saturday in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of the tiny nation on the island of Borneo, Variety reported.
The government did not mention a cause of death, though local media reports say he had been ill for some time and other unconfirmed reports pointed to liver cancer.
On announcing Azim’s death, officials declared a seven-day period of national mourning.
Through his London-based production company Daryl Prince Productions, the prince produced George C. Wolfe’s drama “You’re Not You” in 2014, starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The following year, he produced Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s drama “Dark Places” starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Christina Hendricks.
In 2016, he produced the comedy “Wild Oats” starring Shirley McClaine and Jessica Lange, and a year later “The Time of Their Lives” starring Joan Collins and Pauline Collins.
His other credits include 2018’s “The Happy Prince” starring Rupert Everett in his directorial debut, Colin Firth and Emily Watson, and “Hellbent” starring Martin Henderson and Isabelle Fuhrman.
Sometimes styled as Azim Bolkiah, the prince was born July 29, 1982, and was educated in England, briefly attending the exclusive military academy Sandhurst, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
His personal wealth has been estimated at $5 billion, according to the Times of London.
His father, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the longest-reigning monarchs, is the owner of the Dorchester Collection of luxury hotels, which include the Dorchester in London, the Plaza Athenee in Paris and the Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA.
Last year, Prince Azim created a controversy in Hollywood after supporting his nation’s push to introduce strict Sharia law including the death penalty for homosexuality and adultery.
Several celebrities including George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres led a global boycott of the Dorchester Collection hotels, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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