Duchess of Cornwall Camilla’s Brother Mark Shand Dies In Freak Accident
By Anne Lu | April 24, 2014 12:50 PM EST
The younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died in a freak accident. British travel writer Mark Shand, 62, slipped and fell on a pavement after attending an event in New York on Tuesday night.
People wait outside the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York April 23, 2014. The Rose Bar and Jade Bar are located inside the Gramercy Park Hotel in the Gramercy section of Manhattan. Mark Shand, the brother-in-law of Britain's Prince Charles, died in a New York hospital on Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a fall outside a club following a charity event. Shand, 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. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Reports said that he was in New York to attend an auction of egg sculptures decorated by leading artists at Sotheby’s when the accident happened. The auction was in aid of the Elephant Family charity, of which he was the chairman.
He then attended an after-party at the Diamond Horseshoe club off Times Squares. When he left the venue at 3am, he tripped while trying to light a cigarette and hit his head outside the Rose Bar of the Gramercy Park Hotel, the Daily Mail claimed.
He was taken to the Bellevue Hospital where he was put on life support. He died 12 hours later.
Camilla is said to be “utterly devastated” by the death of her only brother.
“It is with deep sadness that we have to confirm that the Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, Mark Shand, has today passed away in New York. Mr Shand died in hospital as a result of a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall last night,” Clarence House, Prince Charles and Camilla’s home, said in a statement.
“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.”
Shand set up the charity Elephant Family in 2002 to help save Asian elephants from extinction.
“Today we have lost the head of our family. Mark Shand was a true force for conservation. He was both a legend and inspiration and above all our great friend. We ask at this time that people’s thoughts are with his loved ones. We will miss him always,” the charity organisation released a statement.
Prince William and wife Catherine Middleton, have paused from their tour of Australia to express their sadness at Shand’s death.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to learn this morning of the tragic death of Mark Shand,” the couple issued a statement before embarking on their scheduled activities. “Their thoughts are with the Duchess of Cornwall and her family at this time.”
Shand is survived by his 19-year-old daughter Ayesha.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Top 5 Richest Tennis Athletes
- Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Heads to Malta For New Movie After A Whirlwind French Wedding [PHOTOS]
- 2014 US Open Update (Day 4 - Men's Singles): Murray, Djokovic, Raonic and Isner Advance to 3rd Round [PHOTOS]
- Kate Middleton’s Mom Accused Of Being A Social Climber, Prince George Not Seen By Relatives
Join the Conversation
- Hilarious Reactions For Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt’s Secret Wedding: George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Billy Bob Thornton
- ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Episode 6 Spoilers: Next Week Tests Relationships And Sees A Shocking Exit
- Mila Kunis-Ashton Kutcher Baby; Actor ‘Not Letting Mila Out Of His Sight’
- ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 7 Exclusive New Trailer, Charlie Hunnam Is Guy Ritchie’s Choice For King Arthur [VIDEO]
- ‘Castle’ Update: Watch Stana Katic, Jon, Seamus Take Bucket Challenge At Season 7 Set, Nathan Fillion Missing [VIDEOS]
- Apple iWatch is iPhone 6 Accessory on Sept 19 Release Date: 6 Confirmed Specs & Features
- iPhone 6 Release Date Update: 4.7-Inch Model Scores 65.8% In Screen-To-Size Ratio; A Surprise Entry Scales Top Spot [List Attached]
- Canada Vs Russia War Erupts Via Twitter on Russia-Not Russia Maps
- Product Recall Alert: Hewlett-Packard Pulls Out 6M Power Cords from US, Canada Over Fire Hazard Concerns, Australia Also Affected
- ISIS Wants $6.6M and Release of Aafia Siddiqui in Exchange of Head of Female US Humanitarian Aid Worker, 1st American Fighting for Jihadis Dead
- James Foley Torture Involves CIA Waterboarding Technique
- Ukraine Ceasefire Looks Remote As Putin Talks Tough At Meeting With Poroshenko