In this file photo, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is guarded by his bodyguard Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz al-Fagham, back ground [Yoan Valat, AP Photo]

When Major General Abdulaziz al-Fagham, a highly decorated bodyguard to Saudi ruler King Salman, was shot dead at a friend’s house in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on September 28, many Saudi Twitter users took to the social media platform to express their shock.

The 48-year-old had become a public figure, as he was regularly seen by the side of the 83-year-old King Salman since he assumed power in 2015, and also by the side of King Abdullah before him.

According to an official police statement, al-Fagham was killed as a result of “a personal dispute” with a friend.

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