Thursday, 24 April 2014 01:38 Published in National News
NEW YORK (AP) — The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury.
Mark Shand, chairman of an elephant conservation charity, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.
The New York Police Department said he had arrived at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar just before 1 a.m. Wednesday accompanied by a relative. He went out to smoke a cigarette around 2:30 a.m. and fell backward as he tried to re-enter through a revolving door, they said.
He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m., police said. The cause of his death will be determined by the medical examiner's office.
Shand, 62, was known for his work as a travel writer and conservationist. He was the author of several books including "Elephant Tales" and "River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra."
British royal officials at Clarence House said in a statement that Camilla, 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.
Sotheby's said it was "deeply saddened" by the news of Shand's death and it was honored to have helped him raise money for his causes.
Police detectives were at the Manhattan hotel on Wednesday afternoon, taking a look at the locations of security cameras. A worker at a building across the street said detectives had asked if the building had any security video, which it didn't.
A call to the hotel's representatives was not immediately returned.
Camilla and Charles are due to go on a tour of Canada next month.
The St. Louis Rams will open the 2014 season at home against the Minnesota Vikings on September 7th.
The 2014 schedule released Wednesday also shows the Rams will play two prime-time games at the Edward Jones Dome. They'll host the San Francisco 49ers for a Monday night game in Week 6 and the Arizona Cardinals for a Thursday night contest in Week 15.
Week four is the Rams' bye week.
For the fourth time in five years, the Rams will close out the season in Seattle.
Here's a link to the Ram's 2014 schedule.
The Rams have also announced dates and times for preseason games. They host the Saints Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. and the Packers Aug. 16 at 3 p.m., with night games Aug. 23 at Cleveland and Aug. 28 at Miami.
One armed robbery suspect is custody, another is in the hospital after police shot the suspect.
St. Louis County Police confirm that two suspects had tried to rob the "Check 'n Go" in the 600 block of Gravois Bluffs about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police were in the area and responded to the call. Officers confronted the suspects as they left the check cashing store.
When officers apprehended the suspects, one pulled a gun and the officer shot him.
That suspect was taken to the hospital by ambulance. His condition isn't known.
The other suspect was taken into custody.
There's no word on any other injuries.