Camilla's Brother Dies in New York After Head Injury

04/23/2014 at 02:25 PM EDT

Camilla's Brother Dies in New York After Head Injury
Mark Shand
Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York.

Clarence House said that Mark Shand, 62, died in the hospital Wednesday after falling late Tuesday, reportedly lighting a cigarette outside the Diamond Horseshoe nightclub at the Paramount Hotel on West 46th Street.

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."

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

Camilla and Charles are due to go on a tour of Canada next month.

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Camilla at the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens with brother Mark Shand in 2010

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