Another Saudi Prince — Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd, aged 44 — has been reported dead, but the news remains unconfirmed by any official channels. Arabic news sources, such as AlIthad News, have reported a news release from the Saudi Royal Court stating that the Saudi royal family was mourning the death of the prince. The release has kept mum on the cause of death, which allegedly took place in a gunfight while he was resisting arrest, sources within the royal family have reportedly intimated to the media.
Abdulaziz’s death reports follow less than a day after the death of Prince Mansour bin Moqren, the deputy governor of Asir province and son of a former Crown Prince, in a mysterious helicopter crash near the Saudi border with Yemen. It also follows the news of the arrest of 11 princes including prominent billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and dozens of current and former ministers after the formation of an anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Abdul Aziz is confirmed dead. He was 44 years old. Earlier, Mansour son of the former crown prince Muqrin was also declared dead. https://t.co/IsUyU896o4
— Ali H. Soufan (@Ali_H_Soufan) November 5, 2017
Abdulaziz, a billionaire and the youngest son of Saudi’s late King Fahd bin Abdulaziz who ruled from 1995-2005, was known for his extravagance and playboy image. He himself had been no stranger to stirring controversies. Earlier this year, Abdulaziz lashed out on Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, describing him as “villainous” and “cowardly” in a Twitter outburst. He also voiced opposition to the authority of Saudi’s ruling family in August, tweeting that the Saudi Constitution has no value and King Salman has no authority. “The principles of the constitution are valueless … We have the Quran and Sunnah as the only references, and if you do not like the law of God, you may leave,” the outspoken figure had tweeted, according to a Middle East Monitor report. Yet the last tweet from his Twitter handle came two months ago in September.
Various media reports also suggest that Abdul Aziz faced some form of arrest and house arrest in September.