1999 News Story

Sudden death of Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz

On Saturday, August 21, 1999 the Royal Court issued a statement that Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz had died of a heart attack at the age of 54, and that funeral prayers would be said for him on Sunday, August 22 at the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh. He is survived by two sons, Nawaf and Khalid, and three daughters.

Prince Faisal graduated from the University of California in the USA in 1971. From 1974 he had been President of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare (GPYW).  In 1975 he became Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, and in 1976, Chairman of the Arab Games Federation. That same year, he became Chairman of the Arab Football Federation, having chaired the Saudi Football Federation since 1971. From 1981 he chaired the Sports Federation for Islamic Solidarity, and from 1982, the International Committee for the Preservation of the Legacy of Islamic Civilization. Since 1979 he had chaired the Kingdom's Supreme Committee for the Merit in Literature Prize. In 1984 he joined the International Olympic Committee. He had been Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Society for Youth Hostels since 1973, and since 1984, had chaired the National Anti-Drug Committee. In 1992, he became Chairman of the Saudi Federation of  Sports for the Disabled.

During his career, Prince Faisal received a number of honors, both from the Kingdom and from abroad. These include the King Abdul Aziz Sash (First Class) presented to him by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz in 1993; the Medal from the Throne presented by King Hassan of Morocco in 1985; the Republican Medal (First Class) from President Habib Bourguiba in 1986; the Kuwait Medal from Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah in 1993; the gold medal of the Tunisian magazine 'African's Hero' in 1983; the fellowship certificate of the International Scouting Movement in 1993; and the Medal of the International Handball Federation in 1997.

Over Saturday and Sunday, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, who is currently in Marbella in Spain, received calls and cables of condolence from all over the world, as did Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, and Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General. These included messages from King Muhammad VI of Morocco,  King Abdullah of Jordan, King Juan Carlos of Spain, President Jacques Chirac of France, Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Sultan Qaboos of Oman, President Abdulaziz Boutaflika of Algeria, President Zein-al-Din Bin Ali of Tunisia, Palestinian President Arafat, Syrian President Hafez  Al-Asad, President of Iran Mohammad Khatami, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, President Abdu Diouf of Senegal, President Emil Lehud of Lebanon, and President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen.

At the funeral prayers on Sunday, those in attendance included Heir Apparent of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Prince Hamza Bin Hussein, who was received by Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. Today it was announced that the inaugural ceremony for the 12th World Handball Championship, scheduled to be held on Sunday August 22, had been postponed until September 5, 1999, as a mark of respect for Prince Faisal.