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.
“I spent every day of my childhood with my brother – he taught me so much and made me who I am today and for that I am eternally grateful.”
Foreign news outlets have often reported Prince ‘Abdul ‘Azim’s glamourous lifestyle, splashing pictures of him with numerous A-list celebrities.
Over the years, he had rubbed shoulders with Joan Collins, Mariah Carey, Elizabeth Hurley and Michael Jackson.
His celebrity friends were quick to pay tribute to him.
Actor Kevin McHale described the Prince as a “true light” on Twitter, saying that he was always generous and welcoming, while on Instagram, veteran English actress Joan Collins uploaded a picture of her at a restaurant with Prince ‘Abdul ‘Azim and model and actress Jerry Hall.
“Rest In Peace #princeazim – you were a good friend to me and everyone that was lucky to know you. #lifegiver #angel #ripprinceazim,” she wrote.
Singer Janet Jackson took to her Instagram story to post: “Azim, I love you too and insyallah (God willing) no more pain. In the name of the most high, the most merciful, He will take care of you now. Ameen.”
As much as he was known for his glamourous lifestyle, Prince ‘Abdul ‘Azim was also known for his support to charitable causes.
The Times newspaper reported he designed unisex weekend bags for the luxury fashion label MCM, the proceeds of which went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity in Britain for critically ill children.
In 2011, he lent his support to a charity gala in Brunei to raise awareness of autism.
“I think it is important for me to be here and show my support. I think you have to look after what is at home before you do anything else. You have to do what you can with what you have,” he told The Brunei Times in an exclusive interview.
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