Prince Charles' brother-in-law, The Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand passes away after NYC fall

By Gina DiFalco,

Princes Charles’ brother-in-law, Mark Shand, who is The Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, has died at the age of 62 after sustaining a head injury.

Clarence House has confirmed his death in an official statement on Wednesday, saying he died following a fall on Tuesday night outside of a NYC club following a charity event.

"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," the statement reads, ABC News reports.

"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."

According to The BBC, Shand started the Elephant Family in an effort to save the Asian elephant from extinction. He was at an after-party for the charity's event when he suffered the fall.

Shand is survived by his 19-year-old daughter Aysha with ex-wife Clio Goldsmith.

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