Belgian king's half brother Alexandre dead at 67

30th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Prince Alexandre, half-brother of Belgian King Albert II, died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism on Sunday at the age of 67, the royal palace said.

BRUSSELS - "He was the half brother of the king and he died this afternoon of pulmonary embolism.... The king was immediately informed and he was very, very touched of course by the news," a palace spokesman told AFP.

The prince, who had no children according to the palace, was the eldest child from the second marriage of Belgium's King Leopold III.

He was the younger half-brother of the late King Baudouin I as well as King Albert and the late Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Josephine-Charlotte.

Being from Leopold's second marriage he had no place in line for the throne but was considered a member of the royal family.

He is succeeded by his wife Lea Wolman, a divorcee he married in 1991, and two sisters.

The nature and scale of the prince's funeral have yet to be decided.

"It's a bit too early to tell because it happened suddenly and this afternoon," the palace spokesman said.

Pulmonary embolism is the blocking of a main artery supplying the lungs.


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