Former Qatari Princess Kasia Galanio was found dead at her home in Marbella on Sunday by police. The news was first reported by the French newspaper Le Parisen, but was officially confirmed today.
The signal was given by one of her daughters, who lives in France. She has not been able to contact her mother for four days, after which she reported to the police, sources close to the investigation told El Mundo newspaper.
When a patrol arrived at the Marbella address, police officers came across Galanio’s lifeless body. According to initial data, no signs of violence were found. The results of the autopsy are expected, but according to various French publications, the 45-year-old woman died as a result of a drug overdose.
Galanio was born in Los Angeles and was married to Abdelaziz bin Khalifa al-Thani (73), who was the uncle of the Emir of Qatar. After their divorce, the two fought a lawsuit for almost a decade in custody of their three daughters, two of whom are 17-year-old twins.
In the end, the court ruled that the children should stay with the father, as the media reported that the mother had problems with alcohol. So he and his three children moved to Paris.
Abdelaziz bin Khalifa al-Thani settled in France after resigning as Qatar’s oil and finance minister in 1992.