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The Prince of Wales, with brother-in-law Mark Shand (left). Arthur Edwards/The Sun

Brother of Duchess of Cornwall dies after a fall outside a New York club

Travel writer died after sustaining a head injury after falling while lighting a cigarette.

THE BROTHER OF Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York.

Clarence House has confirmed in a statement that 62-year-old Mark Shand died in hospital last night.

The statement said that Camilla, her husband Prince Charles and all of her family members are “utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss”.

Shand, a travel writer, was in New York for an auction in Sotheby’s in aid of charities including the Elephant Family, an organization chaired by Shand devoted to saving the endangered Asian elephant.

The New York Post reports that Shand attended a party at The Diamond Horseshoe nightclub at the Paramount Hotel after the auction.

He is believed to have fallen while lighting a cigarette outside, hitting his head on the pavement.

- Additional reporting by Rónán Duffy.

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