After a Prince of Dubai dies at such a young age, many are wondering how Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum could have suffered a massive heart attack while still so healthy from all external appearances. The young man had previously won many trophies and medals for riding endurance races, so Sheikh Rashid’s death leaves the UAE with many questions.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, dark rumors have begun to spread about Sheikh Rashid’s cause of death on social media.
The 33-year-old Prince of Dubai was the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. According to the United Arab Emirates’ official state news agency, the Prince of Dubai died from a heart attack this past Saturday morning. No other details were provided as Sheikh Rashid’s funeral continues its three-day mourning period.
“Allah bless the deceased young man … We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return,” the Dubai Ruler Court said.
The condition of Sheikh Rashid’s health before his untimely death has not been discussed in reports, although the UAE National Olympic Committee (UAE NOC) noted the Prince of Dubai loved multiple sports including soccer and horse riding.
“Shaikh Rashid has left behind a brilliant sports career achieved during his lifetime,” said UAE NOC vice president Abdul Rahman Al Owais.
Back in 2006, Shiekh Rashid won two gold medals riding in endurance races at the Asian Olympics. The young man was also part of the team which won a gold medal. According to Albawaba, he also won “trophies in big equestrian events including titles at the Lutzenberg ride over 130km; the Endurance Challenge in Switzerland in 1998, the Italian 160km Endurance Championship in 2000; and the Bazilio 102km Endurance Championship in Spain the same year.”
Unfortunately, after a Prince of Dubai dies at such a young age, some rumors may begin to spread, but it is fully possible for a young man to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly “360,000 sudden cardiac arrests [in young people] occur outside of hospitals each year in the United States alone,” and when “these sudden deaths do occur, it’s often during physical activity, such as participating in a sporting event.” In fact, Harvard Medical School notes that “as many as four percent to 10 percent of all heart attacks occur before age 45, and most of these strike men.”
Medical studies show that about half to two-thirds of heart attack deaths in young people are caused by a variety of heart abnormalities.
“Other studies from around the world report similar findings. Scientists presume that silent, undetected disorders of the heart’s pumping rhythm account for many of the sudden deaths in patients with structurally normal hearts. Other causes include drug abuse, blood clots that travel to the lungs, and brain hemorrhages.”
Whatever the reason for Sheikh Rashid’s death, many hundreds of relatives and officials gathered to offer condolences to the family.
“Today, I lost a best friend and a childhood companion, my dear brother Rashid,” said Sheikh Rashid’s brother, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, according to The Muslim Issue. “You will be missed.”
— Mufti Ismail Menk (@muftimenk) September 19, 2015
RIP Sheikh Rashid the eldest Son of Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has passed away aged 34 this morning. pic.twitter.com/9FoWYUol3b
— علي آل سلوم Ask Ali (@AskAli) September 19, 2015
[Image via Bellanaija]