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Camilla Parker Bowles' brother dies in New York City

Mark Shand with Prince Charles
Mark Shand with Prince Charles
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Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, lost her younger brother, Mark Shand, suddenly on Wednesday, April 24, 2014 according to news reports. Shand died approximately 12 hours after an accident where he fell and hit his head in New York City.

Shand, 63, was in New York City to attend the Sotheby's Fabergé Big Egg Hunt and had attended an after-party Wednesday evening at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar. It was at the after party where the accident happened. Shand fell when he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, falling as he tried to light the cigarette according to E!Online.

Shand was taken to the closest hospital in New York City for treatment and was placed on life support immediately after arriving. Although no official statement has been made about the injury, it was noted to be a very serious injury. Mark Shand died 12 hours after arriving at the hospital.

Shand was known for his work as a conservationist and worked with The Elephant Family up until his death. He was known for working diligently for charities that he supported.

The Royal family, including the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are devastated over the sudden death of Camilla’s younger brother. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton are currently touring Australia with Prince George. The Royal couple issued the following statement to the press through their spokesman concerning Shand’s death, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to learn this morning of the tragic death of Mark Shand. Their thoughts are with The Duchess of Cornwall and her family at this time."

Clarance House issued this statement on behalf of Camilla Parker Bowles, “The Duchess, The Prince of Wales and all her 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." Funeral arrangements for Mark Shand have not been made public at this time.