Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury

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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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Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury
FILE - A June 24, 2010 photo from files showing Mark Shand, left, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall showing her an elephant sculpture titled Mr. Cameron as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens. Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday, April 23, 2014, after falling late Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ian Nicholson, Pool, File)
Mark Shand, brand ambassador of Kaziranga National Park and brother of Camilla Parker Bowles watches as Elephants parade during the centenary celebration of Kaziranga national park in Kaziranga 250 kilometers (156 miles) east of Gauhati, Assam, India, Saturday, Feb.12, 2005. The 430 sq. kilometers (269 sq. miles) park, home to the one-horned rhinoceros, began a weeklong centenary celebration Friday. (AP Photo/ Anupam Nath)
The Duchess of Cornwall is shown an elephant sculpture designed in the style of a London taxi, as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens by her brother, Mark Shand, (right). (AP Photo/PA Wire, Ian Nicholson, Pool)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth day observance service at Westminster Abbey on March 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

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