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Mark Shand, the brother-in-law of Britain's Prince Charles, died in a New York hospital on Wednesday (April 23) after suffering a serious head injury in a fall outside a club following a charity event.
Shand, aged 62, was the younger brother of Camilla Parker Bowles, who became the Duchess of Cornwall as the second wife of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.
The royal couple confirmed the death in a statement, saying "family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss."
"Mark Shand was a man of extraordinary vitality, a tireless campaigner and conservationist whose incredible work through the Elephant Family and beyond remained his focus right up until his death," the statement said.
According to the Telegraph, when police arrived Shand was allegedly lying on the ground outside the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan at 3am (0700 GMT) and was transferred to New York's Bellevue Hospital where h