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Prince Charles' brother-in-law dies in New York

By Steve Almasy, CNN
April 23, 2014 -- Updated 2329 GMT (0729 HKT)
Mark Shand, founder of the Elephant Family charity, "<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/23/us/prince-charles-brother-in-law-dies/'>died in a hospital as a result</a> of a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall" on Monday, April 21, Britain's Clarence House said in a statement. <a href='http://www.elephantfamily.org/' target='_blank'>According to the Elephant Family website,</a> in 1988, Shand arrived in India and rescued a female elephant named Tara, (shown). Tara became his traveling companion and inspiration on a 1,000-mile adventure that led to the foundation of the charity. Mark Shand, founder of the Elephant Family charity, "died in a hospital as a result of a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall" on Monday, April 21, Britain's Clarence House said in a statement. According to the Elephant Family website, in 1988, Shand arrived in India and rescued a female elephant named Tara, (shown). Tara became his traveling companion and inspiration on a 1,000-mile adventure that led to the foundation of the charity.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saddened by tragedy, statement says
  • Mark Shand suffered a head injury during a fall
  • He was the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall
  • He was the chairman of a foundation that tried to save Asian elephants

(CNN) -- The brother-in-law of Britain's Prince Charles died in New York on Wednesday after suffering a head injury in a fall, the prince's official residence announced.

Mark Shand, brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, "died in a hospital as a result a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall" on Tuesday night, Britain's Clarence House said in a prepared statement.

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

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued a statement that said the couple was saddened by the tragic death.

"Their thoughts are with The Duchess of Cornwall and her family at this time," the statement said.

The Elephant Family, a conservation group based in England, mourned the loss of its chairman and the "head of our family."

"Mark Shand was a true force for conservation. He was both a legend and inspiration and above all our great friend," the organization said in a statement on its website.

CNN profiled the charity, which was working to improve conditions for Asian elephants, in 2007.

Shand said he was trying to show owners and riders more humane ways to treat the animals.

"You can't stop a tradition that's been going on for years, you can only help it," he said. His group also fought against poachers and the destruction of the elephants' habitats.

Shand also was the author of several books about elephants and his travels in Asia. One of those books, "Queen of Elephants," was the source for a BBC documentary.

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CNN's Yon Pomrenze contributed to this story.

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