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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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rolandbgomez April 24 2014 at 12:51 PM

I met him at Oxford some years ago! He was absolutely charming, elegant, classy, magnificent choice of words in his discriptions, and fun besides -- I am sure his close friends will find a tremendous void in their life. Roland Branford Gomez

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walllarryd April 24 2014 at 11:07 AM

very sorry to here this news.....very much rest in peace!

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Fran April 24 2014 at 11:01 AM

Very sad. Much too young to die. I have much empathy for the family. Fran Feldman

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simoneeeeeeeeeee April 24 2014 at 10:42 AM

This happen to my family in Nov. 2012. My brother, my best friend. I know how they feel. No matter your status, rich, poor it is very very hurtful. And if your mama didn't teach you not to say anything if you can't say something nice, get educated. I promise you, this kind of pain never leaves. Sorry for anyone this happens too. I have lost three brothers all under the age of 60 so I know their heartache. If you haven't experienced such maybe you never will. Judge someone else.

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Joseph L simoneeeeeeeeeee April 24 2014 at 10:53 AM

I agree. Hurt is hurt, pain is pain, grief is grief and sadness is sadness...whether you rich or poor, famous or not, etc.

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phrankly simoneeeeeeeeeee April 24 2014 at 11:06 AM

it's not our place to judge.
i'm sorry for your losses, and i have lost many family members to early in their lives, but i also realize it's in God's timing not ours.

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Taxi Talk April 24 2014 at 10:41 AM

Our condolences to the Shand family from the people of NYC ...

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ChingOW Mango Taxi Talk April 24 2014 at 11:08 AM

WOW - the GODFATHER OF NYC goes by the name of Taxi Talk - very cool!

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Anthony April 24 2014 at 2:35 PM

Like people say live your life to the fullest, you never know when it will end and how. God bless Mark Shand and rest his soul.......He went to young......

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Vicki April 24 2014 at 10:35 AM

A tragic loss for the family and the foundation. Condolences to the family.

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Jo Jo, sr April 24 2014 at 10:35 AM

Tragic. So sad for Camilla. Prayers and condolences.

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Lucille April 24 2014 at 10:34 AM


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dwtomczyk April 24 2014 at 10:32 AM

condolances to the family

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