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Mark Shand, 62-year-old brother of the Duchess of Cornwall, sustained a serious head injury due to a fall

By Associated Press
Updated April 23, 2014 02:25 PM
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Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York.

Clarence House said that Mark Shand, 62, died in the hospital Wednesday after falling late Tuesday, reportedly lighting a cigarette outside the Diamond Horseshoe nightclub at the Paramount Hotel on West 46th Street.

It said in a statement that Camilla, her husband Prince Charles and all of her family members are “utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss.”

Shand, a travel writer, was in New York for an auction in aid of charities including the Elephant Family, an organization chaired by Shand devoted to saving the endangered Asian elephant.

Camilla and Charles are due to go on a tour of Canada next month.