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Mark Shand | Brother of duchess, 62

A June 24, 2010 file photo shows Mark Shand, left, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall, showing her an elephant sculpture as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens. Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, died Wednesday after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall Tuesday in New York. (AP File Photo/Ian Nicholson, Pool, File)
A June 24, 2010 file photo shows Mark Shand, left, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall, showing her an elephant sculpture as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens. Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, died Wednesday after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall Tuesday in New York. (AP File Photo/Ian Nicholson, Pool, File)
The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York, British royal officials said Wednesday.

Clarence House said Mark Shand, 62, died in the hospital Wednesday after falling late Tuesday.

It said in a statement that Camilla, her husband Prince Charles, and all of 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," it said.

Mr. Shand was chairman of the elephant-conservation charity and is known for his work as a travel writer and conservationist. He is the author of several books, including Elephant Tales and River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra.

He was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's. - AP

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