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Dutch Prince Friso dies 18 months after ski accident

Dutch Prince Friso dies 18 months after ski accident
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Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands, the younger brother of the new Dutch king, has died. He was 44.

It comes 18 months after a skiing accident left him in a coma from which he never regained consciousness.

The accident happened during a family holiday at Lech in Austria. He was caught in an avalanche and spent 25 minutes trapped under the snow.

In a statement, the government said Prince Friso died from complications that arose as a consequence of the brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation.

Despite showing occasional signs of “minimal consciousness”, his condition did not improve any further and he was brought back from London to The Hague last month.

Prince Friso renounced his right to the Dutch throne when he married a commoner whose past was considered too racy for her to become a member of the Dutch royal house.

When he asked for permission in 2003 to marry Mabel Wisse Smit, Dutch media published details of her relationship with mobster Klaas Bruinsma, who was shot and killed in 1991 in front of the Amsterdam Hilton hotel.