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Sat Sep 19, 2015, 09:50 PM

 

Sheikh Rashid, son of Dubai's ruler, dies of heart attack at age 33

Source: USA Today

The oldest son of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum died of a heart attack at age 33 Saturday morning, according to the United Arab Emirates' official state news agency WAM.

The deceased Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was the older brother of the emirate's heir apparent, the crown prince Sheikh Hamdan. Their father, in addition to ruling Dubai, is the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.

A three-day period of mourning was declared and emirate flags flown at half-mast. The burial was late Saturday. The Dubai ruler prayed over the body of his son at the burial, according to WAM.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/09/19/sheikh-rashid-heart-attack/72467880/



Does anyone else find it a bit suspicious that this man, who was still very young and appeared from the photograph to be in excellent health, just drops dead out of nowhere from a "heart attack"?

Seems a bit Shakespearean, to say the least.

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Reply Sheikh Rashid, son of Dubai's ruler, dies of heart attack at age 33 (Original post)
Ken Burch Sep 2015 OP
Kelvin Mace Sep 2015 #1
MillennialDem Sep 2015 #3
CatWoman Sep 2015 #7
Kelvin Mace Sep 2015 #12
Ken Burch Sep 2015 #16
Roy Rolling Sep 2015 #2
Ken Burch Sep 2015 #6
Frustratedlady Sep 2015 #4
Brother Buzz Sep 2015 #28
Capn Sunshine Sep 2015 #5
NonMetro Sep 2015 #8
Ken Burch Sep 2015 #9
libodem Sep 2015 #11
flamingdem Sep 2015 #10
libodem Sep 2015 #13
passiveporcupine Sep 2015 #14
Ken Burch Sep 2015 #15
flamingdem Sep 2015 #17
passiveporcupine Sep 2015 #18
LisaL Sep 2015 #40
CBGLuthier Sep 2015 #27
passiveporcupine Sep 2015 #38
LisaL Sep 2015 #41
NutmegYankee Sep 2015 #19
MADem Sep 2015 #20
Hassin Bin Sober Sep 2015 #39
840high Sep 2015 #21
Hawaii Hiker Sep 2015 #22
murielm99 Sep 2015 #23
Recursion Sep 2015 #24
Princess Turandot Sep 2015 #25
Lychee2 Sep 2015 #26
yeoman6987 Sep 2015 #29
aceofblades Sep 2015 #30
AngryAmish Sep 2015 #31
LisaL Sep 2015 #42
OakCliffDem Sep 2015 #32
writer not writing Sep 2015 #33
Sunlei Sep 2015 #34
darkangel218 Sep 2015 #35
bigwillq Sep 2015 #36
lavenderdiva Sep 2015 #37
TexasBushwhacker Sep 2015 #52
closeupready Sep 2015 #43
crim son Sep 2015 #47
Jesus Malverde Sep 2015 #44
taught_me_patience Sep 2015 #45
crim son Sep 2015 #46
BigDemVoter Sep 2015 #48
wordpix Sep 2015 #51
whatthehey Sep 2015 #49
librechik Sep 2015 #50

Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 09:55 PM

1. It does happen

 

It is unusual, but does happen.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 09:59 PM

3. Happened to a kid (14-16) at my high school. Not drug or extreme weight related.

 

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:11 PM

7. it happened to a very good friend of mine just last weekend

I'm still in shock

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #7)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:24 PM

12. I am very sorry

 

Sudden deaths are very shocking and cruel. It is at these times we learn how inadequate human language is at expressing our feelings.

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #7)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:39 PM

16. my condolences. n/t.

 

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 09:58 PM

2. Undiagnosed Congernital Defect

If not congenital, age 33 is way young.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:06 PM

6. Could be that, or rheumatic fever(does anyone still get that?). Those are possibilities.

 

As could damage from cocaine use.

Still, there are a lot of things that can be made to look like "a heart attack".

He was the oldest brother. Could he have had a younger brother(or sister) who was chafing at the thought of a life of privileged irrelevance? Be worth it if somebody investigates this(maybe Vanity Fair).

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:01 PM

4. Wasn't there another prince or titled young man who died a week or so ago? In his 30s?

Seems to me it was also sudden, but I can't recall the country or name. Maybe he was Saudi?

Darn memory.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 02:08 AM

28. There are about 7,000 princes in the House of Saud.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:05 PM

5. My first thought as well.

sounds suspicious

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:15 PM

8. It Can Happen

I knew this guy, never smoked, drank, ate healthy and exercised religiously, a regular health nut - dropped dead of a heart attack at 37. No forewarning, or anything!

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Response to NonMetro (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:18 PM

9. True. The fact that this was a royal family of great wealth, however, is what prompts the question.

 

Wouldn't be the first time in history a line of succession was altered by dubious means.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #9)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:22 PM

11. Kinda makes ya go

Hmmmm?

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:22 PM

10. Intoxicants?

Just sayin'

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:27 PM

13. And who even knows with recreational Viagra

In combination with stimulant style drugs? Bet there are not a lot of studies, yet.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:32 PM

14. I wonder if it was the same prince

That just fled LA to Dubai because the cops wanted him for drag racing the streets of LA in his Ferrari?

I really don't think it's the same prince, but it is odd timing.

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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #14)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:38 PM

15. A lot of royal families would find that kind of conduct while overseas embarrassing.

 

Some might even consider it a sign that an heir to the throne was unworthy.

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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #14)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:40 PM

17. He did? I thought they weren't able to identify the driver

so he didn't get in trouble.

Neighbors said he does it all the time..

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #17)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:44 PM

18. I think they knew who was driving, but he got out of the country too fast

I don't know if they would have followed through...it's a touchy business. And they are probably just glad he's gone. You did notice how carefully the whole situation was approached...no? No guns drawn...nobody handcuffed and beaten. They try not to beat up people with money.

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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #18)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 03:47 PM

40. I saw name published. But it was a different guy.

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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 01:44 AM

27. Doubtful since that guy was from Qatar

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #27)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 02:54 PM

38. You are so right

I mixed it up. Can't remember anything from one day to the next.

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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 03:47 PM

41. No. Different guy, different country.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 11:09 PM

19. The 30 year-old son of a coworker just died from a heart attack.

He had a congenital defect that usually kills in the teens, but is rarely detected.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 11:17 PM

20. I knew a slim, very fit appearing guy who dropped dead running at age 27. Shocked us all. nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #20)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 03:09 PM

39. A friend of mine's husband died on their honeymoon on the beach in Jamacia while playing volleyball.

27 years old.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 11:23 PM

21. It happens.

 

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 11:24 PM

22. It could have been several types of heart conditions

perhaps hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or some type of heart rhythm disturbance

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 11:39 PM

23. I remember someone I knew well

who died of a heart attack at 37. He knew he had heart disease. He was freshly diagnosed, and trying to help his condition. Tragic.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 01:14 AM

24. It does happen, but, yeah, that's a little weird (nt)

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 01:15 AM

25. I had a cousin in good health die at 38, presumably from a heart attack...

they attributed it to an uncommon arrhythmia that screwed up the electrical functioning of the heart, one of the conditions that gives rise to 'sudden adult death syndrome'. The heart stops working but the muscle itself isn't damaged, so it can't be diagnosed definitively after death.

The arrhythmias can be detected in life if they know what they're looking for but 30-somethings w/o family histories of cardiac problems aren't usually given ekgs etc.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 01:22 AM

26. "That's a damned shame."

 

That's what Harry Truman said when they told him God was dead. He said, "That's a damned shame; I'm always sorry to hear about it when somebody dies."

(This story may be apocryphal.)

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 02:39 AM

29. Happens daily

 

Did you forget the sarc tag or something?

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 03:42 AM

30. Perhaps not.

Everyone's perspective and knowledge about such things can be different. As a physician, it's been helpful for me to realize that, as it encourages me to try to determine how I present information to my patients.
Edit: Sorry, I meant that as a reply to the post above mine

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 04:02 AM

31. The entire middle east is highly inbred

 

Ruling families even more. Metabolic disorders are highest in the world.

This could be a throne struggle. Or maybe he just snorted a fuckton of cocaine.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #31)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 03:50 PM

42. Maybe he had one of those mutations that cause cardiomyopathy.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 05:13 AM

32. Live fast, die young, and have a good looking corpse

Money, money, money!
What would you give to have his money?

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 06:28 AM

33. Could be one of those lead heart attacks

 

You know, when someone puts several ounces of lead directly into someone else's heart?

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 06:32 AM

34. He loved horses & was very well known competitor in the horse sports. RIP

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #34)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 06:59 AM

35. He was a very handsome guy

 

And so young

RIP

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 07:24 AM

36. My friend died at 33 this summer

 

From a heart related issue. It does happen.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2015, 11:31 AM

37. I do find this weird but

from the article it seems that his younger brother had already been named the heir apparent. So, I don't know what the motivation would have been to 'off' him?

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Response to lavenderdiva (Reply #37)

Tue Sep 22, 2015, 08:43 PM

52. If the younger brother felt threatened

that his older might attempt a coup after their father dies, he could have made a preemptive strike, so to speak.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 11:50 AM

43. A comment to the Daily Mail expose today sums it up for me:

 

"Privileged, pampered, and pointless."

In contrast to people like Whitney Houston who gave us a body of work which was beautiful and enduring, what did he do for the world? Take?

I like the story, "The Journey of Ibn Fattouma", written by Nobel-prize winning novelist, Naguib Mahfouz. To paraphrase a bit of dialogue in the first section, the protagonist (Fattouma's son of the title) asks the local imam, "What good is Islam when so many people are sick, hungry, poor, needy amongst the incredible wealth of a society with members who claim to be muslim, are incredibly wealthy but miserly and do nothing about any of these problems?"

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Response to closeupready (Reply #43)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 09:33 PM

47. There are millions of people who do little or nothing to better the world.

A young man has died and I'm certain his family is grieving. Your post is uncharitable.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 12:14 PM

44. Some are claiming he was killed in Yemen.



"Sheikh Rashid and a number of other UAE forces were killed in a Yemeni forces' Katyusha attack in Ma'rib province and reports on his death as a result of a heart attack are only aimed at deceiving the Emirati people who are demanding withdrawal of the UAE troops from Yemen," the Yemeni Press quoted informed sources as saying on Sunday.

The UAE news websites had claimed that Sheikh Rashid had died of a heart attack.

The Arab-language al-Ain news website, meantime, quoted people close to Ansarullah as confirming that Sheikh Rashid has been killed in Ma'rib.

Sheikh Rashid was the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed. Rashid's brother Sheikh Hamdan is the Crown Prince of Dubai.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940630000440

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 12:49 PM

45. Cocaine

 

and a life of gluttony would be my guess.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 09:29 PM

46. My daughter's best friend

died while running at 22, from heart failure. She was an incredible young woman and very fit. As many have indicated above, it happens and it's always a terrible thing.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 09:38 PM

48. Too much cocaine?

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Response to BigDemVoter (Reply #48)

Tue Sep 22, 2015, 03:44 PM

51. wondering the same

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2015, 08:41 AM

49. Strange. Lots of "it just happens sometimes" here.

No I'm not a conspiracy nutcase or pathetically ignorant so I know sometimes it just does indeed, happen seemingly at random based on a huge number of possible defects or conditions.

So what's strange?

That it can NEVER, ever, even once, "just happen" to anyone overweight.

Then it's ALWAYS the weight that did it, and the self-inflicted, sinful laziness and gluttony that caused the weight gain too, because nothing else ever can.

So DU armchair MDs, stir yourselves and find out (ok, guess) why BMIs over, say, 28, prevent any of these things that "just happen" to thin young active folks from "just happening" to the more girth-enhanced, because apparently they never do.

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Response to Ken Burch (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2015, 10:00 AM

50. Hey, it beats "dying of thirst"

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