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Britain's Camilla 'devastated' by brother's death at age 62

LONDON--Camilla, wife of Britain's Prince Charles, was on Wednesday left "utterly devastated" after her brother died in an accident during a night out in New York, Clarence House said.

Environmental campaigner Mark Shand, 62, fell and hit his head on the pavement outside the Rose Bar at Manhattan's Gramercy Park Hotel late Tuesday after attending a charity event.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Wednesday, according to the New York Police Department.

"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," said a spokesman for Clarence House, Charles's official office.

"Mr Shand died in hospital as a result of a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall last night.

"The Duchess, the Prince of Wales and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss."

Shand, who leaves behind a 19-year-old daughter, was chairman of the "Elephant Family," a charity supporting the Asian elephant.

Clarence House called him "a tireless campaigner and conservationist...whose work through the Elephant Family and beyond remained his focus right up until his death."

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