Dutch Prince Johan Friso dies at the age of 44

Aug. 12, 2013 at 11:38 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Dutch Prince Johan Friso died Monday morning after being in a coma since a skiing accident in February 2012, officials said. He was 44 years old.

Friso, the second son of Crown Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus and second in line to the throne, died as a result of complications from serious brain damage he suffered during the accident, Dutch News.nl reported.

"Our thoughts are first and foremost with princess Mabel and their daughters ... who must now go on without their husband and father," said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. "Prince Friso remains in our thoughts as a man who used his many-sided talents to serve society. He was professional and passionate. We remember Prince Friso with great respect."

On Feb. 17, 2012, Friso was buried in an avalanche in Lech, Austria, the NL Times reported. He was trapped under snow for 25 minutes, and was given CPR for 50 minutes.

He was in Innsbruck before being transferred to a facility in London, where he had been living. He was then moved to the Huis ten Bosch palace in The Hague in June.

Friso is survived by his wife, Princess Mabel, and daughters Countess Luana, 8, and Countess Zaria, age 7, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported.

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