“Prince Friso has died of complications related to the hypoxic brain injury, which he suffered as the result of his skiing accident in Lech, Austria on 17 February 2012.” – Royal palace statement
Dutch Prince Friso was buried in an avalanche in Austria on February 17th, 2012. He was buried for over 15 minutes. During and shortly after that burial he suffered a major heart attack and massive brain damage. Since that time, the prince has been in a state of “minimal consciousness.”
“The prince had been skiing off-piste with friends in Lech [Austria] when the avalanche struck.
An emergency beeper he was wearing enabled rescuers to find him but medical officials in Innsbruck said it took some time to revive him and he suffered “massive” brain damage. They said he had suffered a heart attack lasting some 50 minutes.” – BBC News
Royal deaths are generally involve lots of ceremony and gatherings. This death, however was unfortunately expected and not much ceremony has been orchestrated.
Prince Friso was 44 years old.
“Despite everything this news still comes as a shock.” – Prime Minister Mark Rutte
FULL ROYAL STATEMENT:
His Majesty the King announces with deep regret that His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg passed away this morning at Palace Huis ten Bosch in the Hague at age 44.
Prince Friso has died of complications related to the hypoxic brain injury, which he suffered as the result of his skiing accident in Lech, Austria on 17 February 2012.
Following initial treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Innsbruck University Hospital, Prince Friso was transferred in early March 2012 to the Wellington hospital in London, his place of residence. In November 2012, Prince Friso begun showing signs of limited awareness (‘minimal consciousness’) and remained in that state since then. In early July 2013, he was transferred to Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The Royal family wholeheartedly thanks all persons who have looked after Prince Friso for their excellent and devoted care.