Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmed, the former Kuwaiti Minister of Defence, has died. He was 72. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmed, former Kuwaiti Minister of Defence, died at 72 after a long battle with disease.

He died just 80 days after the death of his father, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the late Emir of Kuwait. Sheikh Nasser died after battling illness for months.

He was the former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Kuwait. He also was the head of the royal court from 2006–2017. Sheikh Nasser was the eldest son of the former Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah, who died on September 29 at the age of 91.

Sheikh Nasser was seen as the main driving force behind "Silk City", one of Kuwait's mega projects with investments estimated at more than $100 billion.

Sheikh Nasser established the Islamic Archaeology House, a Kuwaiti cultural foundation based around the Al Sabah Antiques Group. Sheikh Nasser also served as an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum, New York.