The world-wide influenza epidemic was brought to Riyadh by a traveler from abroad. It ravaged the population of Riyadh. It claimed the lives of Ibn Saud's wife Jauhara bint Musa'id and three of his sons, including his first born son, Prince Turki. Prince Turki was a grown man of 20, a tall, handsome figure by all accounts, with one son and three daughters.
From the age of 17, Prince Turki had deputized for his father as commander-in-chief of the army and had proved himself a successful commander. Ibn Saud clearly considered him his heir and his loss was a sad and serious blow to Ibn Saud.