Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Photo Reuters
Mark Shand, the brother-in-law of Britain's Prince
Charles, has died in a New York hospital after sustaining a
serious head injury in a fall outside a club following a
Shand, 62, was the younger brother of Camilla Parker Bowles,
who became the Duchess of Cornwall as the second wife of
heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.
The royal couple confirmed the death in a statement, saying
"family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and
"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.
He was taken to hospital on Tuesday evening (local time)
after injuring his head.
Shand, who was also a travel writer, established the Elephant
Family charity in 2002 to save the endangered Asian elephant
from extinction in the wild. His award-winning 1996 book,
"Queen of the Elephants," was made into a documentary film.
Ian Walkden, the chief executive of the Elephant Family, said
Shand was in New York to host a live auction in aid of the
charity and underprivileged children at Sotheby's.
"We have lost the head of our family. Mark Shand was a true
force for conservation," the charity said in a statement.
Shand is survived by his daughter Ayesha, 19, and his ex-wife
Clio, according to British media.