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Dutch prince dies from injuries in 2012 ski accident


Brussels, Aug 12 (EFE).- Prince Friso, younger brother of the Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander, died Monday of injuries he received 18 months ago while skiing, the royal family said. He was 44.

Friso suffered a skiing accident in February 2012 outside the Austrian town of Lech and since then has never fully regained consciousness.

"His majesty the king announces with great sorrow that Prince Johan Friso has passed away," the brief communique signed by the king said.

After being treated at an intensive care unit in Innsbruck, near the scene of the accident, Friso was taken in early March 2012 to Wellington Hospital in London.

Since November 2012 the prince had shown signs of "minimal consciousness," but since then made no further progress.

In July 2013 he was taken to Huis ten Bosch Palace, one of the Dutch monarchy's official residences, where he died last Monday.

Second in the line of succession, Friso died without knowing that his mother abdicated May 1 in favor of Willem-Alexander.

Friso was born Sept. 25 in Utrecht and in 2004 married Mabel Martine Nos, with whom he had two daughters, Luana and Zaria, ages 8 and 7, respectively.