Sultan of Brunei’s son Prince Azim dead aged 38 as tributes paid to ‘playboy’

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Tributes have been paid to the Sultan of Brunei's son Prince Azim who has died aged just 38.

The so-called "Playboy Prince" had been suffering from a "serious illness" and was being treated in hospital in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, state media has announced.

He partied with celebs including Scarlett Johansson, Pamela Anderson and Michael Jackson, and even struck up an unlikely friendship with reality TV star Jade Goody in 2007.

The Sultan's sixth child and fourth in line to the throne died at around 10am on Saturday.

His cause of death has not been made clear, but unconfirmed reports suggested he had been suffering from cancer.

His estimated wealth was an astonishing $5 billion at the time of his death, according to Media, Entertainment and Arts Worldwide.

Known as a member of the international jet-set, he was often pictured with a number of celebs at lavish parties in Europe and the US.

Michael Jackson, Pamela Anderson and Joan Collins were all photographed alongside the prince over the years, including at his 30th birthday bash.

Other celeb pals included Mischa Barton and Scarlett Johansson.

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He formed a friendship with the late reality TV star Jade Goody, who once described him as a "brilliant mate" after he watched her on Celebrity Big Brother.

They were pictured partying together in 2007, with Jade saying at the time: "He wanted to meet me, we met and got on like a house on fire."

Prince Azim gifted Jade a ring as a "token of friendship" which she claimed was worth around £3 million, although experts later valued it at around £30,000.

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