(Agencies) Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul-Aziz, the governor of the Islam’s holy city of Mecca, died Saturday after a long illness, a Saudi Arabian royal statement said. He was 65.
Prince Abdul Majeed, who was the half brother of Saudi King Abdullah, was flown to the United States where he died after sudden health deterioration, the statement said.
The brief statement did not provide any other details about the cause of death or say exactly where the prince died in the U.S. It said he had undergone a surgery earlier and had traveled back to Saudi Arabia, but was flown back to the U.S. when his condition worsened.
Funeral Prayers well be performed today at Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh after Asr (afternoon) prayers, the statement said.
In 1985, the late King Fahd appointed Abdul Majeed, who has one son, Faisal, as governor of the holy city Medina. Fifteen years later, he became the head of Mecca.