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Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury

Camilla's Brother Mark Shand Dies in New York

Mark Shand, chairman of an elephant conservation charity, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.

The New York Police Department said Shand had arrived at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar just before 1 a.m. Wednesday accompanied by a relative. He went out to smoke a cigarette around 2:30 a.m. and fell backward as he tried to re-enter through a revolving door, police said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m., police said. The cause of his death will be determined by the medical examiner's office.

Shand, 62, was known for his work as a travel writer and conservationist. He was the author of several books including "Elephant Tales" and "River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra."

British royal officials at Clarence House said in a statement that Camilla, Prince Charles and all of 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," the statement said.

Sotheby's said it was "deeply saddened" by the news of Shand's death and it was honored to have helped him raise money for his causes.

Police detectives were at the Manhattan hotel on Wednesday afternoon, taking a look at the locations of security cameras. A worker at a building across the street said detectives had asked if the building had any security video, which it didn't.

A call to the hotel's representatives was not immediately returned.

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

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dwtomczyk April 24 2014 at 10:32 AM

condolances to the family

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jdonoh4 April 24 2014 at 1:53 PM

Wow, a serious head injury from that? I cracked my head on a flap hinge on an MD88 at the airport today and was able to shake it off. You seemed like a good guy! RIP.

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jon200878 jdonoh4 April 24 2014 at 2:00 PM

Why is everyone trying to put down Prince Charles and family? The poor guy is dead. Condolences should be offered, not criticism.

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s5448985 jon200878 April 24 2014 at 2:54 PM

How easily you forget Diana!

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jdonoh4 jon200878 April 24 2014 at 3:12 PM

Yes, I compared his fall in a revolving door to me busting my head on an aircraft. So what? I wasn't beating up on the guy. I just didn't think a fall like that could take you out. What part of the compliment and RIP didn't you get????

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Cindy April 24 2014 at 9:52 AM

I am very sorry for his death.
A sudden death will makes grief complicated for the family.

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elkinan April 24 2014 at 9:51 AM

In reply to all the adverse comments, have you people ever heard the saying, "Silence is Golden?" If you can't say something nice, keep your fat mouths shut!

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doorunlocked elkinan April 24 2014 at 9:54 AM

Haha love it!!!!

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wildlifeartistkc elkinan April 24 2014 at 10:03 AM

I agree! So rude and if this happens to one of their family wont be so funny! Shame on all of u without a heart!

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cgssnavickas April 24 2014 at 1:50 PM

When he fell backwards, was it because of something slippery or did he lose his balance? Whatever the cause, it's a shame that he died the way he did. Could he have had a dizzy spell which caused him to lose his balance (If he had lost it, that is.)? What about medical history? I'm sure that it will be investigated in some form.

Condolences to the family.

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s5448985 cgssnavickas April 24 2014 at 3:02 PM

He was going into a bar at 2:30 in the am--I'm sure he was very dizzy from drinking.

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cindyde April 24 2014 at 1:47 PM

aww may he rest in peace

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judylbo April 24 2014 at 11:33 AM

There's a lot of criticism of Camilla in these comments and how she broke up Charles and Diana's marriage. I must have missed the day she hogtied Charles, dragged him out of the house, and forced him to have an affair with her. I wonder what I was doing that day?

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trillian79 judylbo April 24 2014 at 2:51 PM

Probably looking the other way.

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Linda April 24 2014 at 9:41 AM

My thoughts & prayers go out to his family & loved ones.

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romainesp April 24 2014 at 9:36 AM

I wonder why people think they have to make ugly remarks about this death. Is it appropriate at this time?

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ponge1dog romainesp April 24 2014 at 9:43 AM

no but they do anyway

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eeverettm April 24 2014 at 1:38 PM

Something must have been on the ground that was slippery? No security cameras around, well don't let the bad guys know that.

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s5448985 eeverettm April 24 2014 at 3:03 PM

slippery????? he was drinking--what part of that don't you comprehend.

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