Mark Shand – the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall -- has passed away after sustaining a serious head injury in New York City Tuesday.
"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 said in a statement Wednesday, confirming the tragic news. "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."
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Shand, 62, a travel writer and conservationist, was chairman of The Elephant Family, a movement which helped to save the endangered Asian elephant.
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According to the Daily Mail, Shand was smoking a cigarette outside the venue of a charity fundraising party when he slipped and sustained a serious head injury.