Designer Khalid Al Qasimi died of drug poisoning after taking GHB and cocaine.
The 39-year-old, founder of British-based label Qasimi, was found dead on 1 July in his luxury apartment in west London, where he had taken drugs with his friend Yohan Escobar the night before, an inquest has heard.
Al Qasimi, who was the son of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, launched his brand in 2008 with designer Elliott James Frieze, and showcased his spring 2020 collection in June, just days before his shock death.
Escobar, who was not treated as a suspect by police, told officers that the GHB they had taken was “particularly strong”, the coroner’s court in Westminster heard. He said he believed Al Qasimi was asleep when he left the flat, because he was on the floor and snoring.
Coroner Bernard Richmond said a postmortem report performed by Dr Michael Osborn confirmed that the cause of death was drug-related.
“It is quite clear from the detective I spoke with that the last person who saw him, Yohan, was spoken to and had explained they had been taking strong GHB and cocaine,” he added, noting that Al Qasimi was found in the same place that Escobar had left him.
“I am quite satisfied on the balance of probabilities that it was a drug-related death,” Richmond concluded.
At the time of his death, a spokesperson for Al Qasimi’s label said in a statement that he had died “unexpectedly,” but did not provide any further information.
His father, Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, has ruled Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates since 1972, and expressed his sorrow in an Instagram post at the time, where he stated that his son was now “in the care of God”.
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