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Mark Shand death ruled an accident

The death of Mark Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall's brother, has been ruled an accident. Mr Shand died after he fell and banged his his head outside a hotel bar in New York yesterday.

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Elephant Family: 'We have lost the head of our family'

Mark Shand - the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall - was the chairman of Elephant Family, which aims to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.

In a statement, the charity said it had "lost the head of our family".

Mark Shand was the chairman of Elephant Family. Credit: Elephant Family

The statement on the charity's website reads: "Today we have lost 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. We ask at this time that people’s thoughts are with his loved ones. We will miss him always."

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