Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos had a history of suicide attempts, reports say.
Rita Hayworth was married five times, and has only two children, the younger of whom was Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, 61. The 25-year-old Embiricos was the son of Hayworth’s daughter Princess Yasmin who was a product of Hayworth’s third husband, Prince Aly Aga Khan.
Embiricos is both spiritual and Hollywood royalty, as his grandfather is Prince Aly Khan who was the leader of a sect of Islam.
In 2007, The Daily News’ Gatecrasher column revealed he led a double life as an amateur porn star who had posted porn videos on XTube under an alias.
The death of Hayworth’s grandson was not suicide, his distraught family and friends have claimed. Embiricos was found lying on his bed in his Chelsea apartment on Sunday evening after apparently suffocating himself with a plastic bag. The circumstances are under investigation. Embiricos had battled a long and difficult drug addiction and had previously attempted suicide.
According to the young man’s best friend, Jake Dingler, it was not suicide but he refused to comment further on how the grandson of the silver-screen legend might have died at his Manhattan home.
Dingler told the New York Post: “He was in a great place. We were planning a trip to Amsterdam next weekend for his birthday. He had everything going for him.”
Another friend Aaron Edwards found Embiricos‘ body at 8.30pm when he went to check on him because Andrew had missed brunch that day, according to the Post.
Their report said that no note was found in Andrew‘s apartment at 270 West 17th Street, and his mother, Princess Yasmin rushed to the scene.
His mother issued a statement yesterday, which said the death of her only child was ‘accidental’ and a ‘terrible tragedy’.
According to Michael Musto of The Village Voice Hayworth‘s grandson “had battled HIV and had been in rehab more than once to fight drug addictions.”
But, while Embiricos had tried suicide before, Musto said he and others believed Embiricos was past that point, saying he was excited for his upcoming trip to London and was doing well with his disease.
Authorities have suggested the cause of death could be suicide but the autopsy was inconclusive and toxicology reports have not yet been completed.
A graduate of Fordham University with a degree in psychology, Embiricos founded a Facebook charity group that provided clothing to homeless people and was also said to have worked with HIV/AIDS advocacy groups and the Alzheimer’s Association.
His grandmother, Hayworth, was a legendary beauty who rose to fame in the 1940s and ’50s in movies such as “Cover Girl” and “Gilda.” She died in 1987 of Alzheimer’s disease at age 68.
Though there was no specific land that Prince Aly resided over, he was considered the head of the Ismaili Muslims which are a branch of Shia Islam. Prince Aly‘s father was Aga Khan III, and in a very unusual move, he skipped a generation in the line of succession and passed his leadership role onto Prince Aly‘s son, Prince Karim, (Andrew‘s uncle). While Aga Khan III officially said that the reason for the move was in order for the Ismaili people to have a younger ruler, many speculate that it was Prince Aly‘s playboy lifestyle that put his father over the edge.
The marriage between the Hollywood Star and the Muslim Prince was the second for Prince Aly and the third for Hayworth, who had just recently divorced the director Orson Welles when she met the Prince. Prince Aly made headlines when he married screen siren Hayworth in a lavish ceremony in Cannes, France in 1949, when the movie star was already two months pregnant with Yasmin.
When Hayworth found out that the Prince was spotted dancing with fellow actress Joan Fontaine, Hayworth threatened to divorce him and moved to Reno, Nevada in order to expedite the process. The couple fought over how and where Yasmin would be raised, with the Prince insisting that she be raised Muslim and Hayworth fighting for a Catholic upbringing similar to her own.
At one point, Hayworth rejected a $1m offer to raise Yasmin in accordance with her ex-husband’s Muslim faith. She issued a statement expressing her clear preference for an American upbringings, saying ‘Nothing will make me give up Yasmin‘s chance to live here in America among our precious freedoms and habits’.
Yasmin ended up being raised by her mother in America, and the Prince died in a car accident when she was only ten years old.
Yasmin married an economist and Greek shipping heir named Basil Embiricos in 1985, and the couple had Andrew. Much of her time was dedicated to her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for many years before her 1987 death.
Yasmin was the president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and her son took an interest in the charity later in his life.
The family is organizing Andrew‘s funeral through the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on the Upper East Side.