Prince Azim died from multiple organ failure, says brother

Happier times: Prince Abdul Azim visiting young cancer patients. — Borneo Bulletin/ANN

Prince Abdul Azim died from multiple organ failure due to an autoimmune disease, his younger brother revealed.

Prince Abdul Mateen, said in an Instagram post that his brother was diagnosed with severe systemic vasculitis earlier this year, a condition characterised by inflammation of blood vessel walls.

“At the same time, he was also coping with bipolar disorder which made the fight harder, ” said Prince Abdul Mateen on Tuesday.

“Eventually, my brother succumbed to multiple organ failure caused by persistent infections due to the autoimmune disease.”

Prince Abdul Azim died last Saturday and was laid to rest at the Royal Mausoleum on the same day. He was 38.

Brunei is now in a seven-day mourning period.

Prince Abdul Mateen, 29, said he shared the details of his brother’s death, as that was what the late prince would have wanted. “He was a big advocate of bringing awareness to different causes, ” said Prince Abdul Mateen.

The post was accompanied by a black and white childhood picture of them having fun.

Paying tribute to his elder brother, Prince Abdul Mateen said there was never a dull day when “Abang Azim” was around.

“He loved to always prank us, joke around and never took life too seriously. His laughter was so contagious that regardless of whether the thing was funny or not, everyone would end up laughing too.

“He definitely lived life to the fullest, ” he posted. — Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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