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Aristocrats mourn Marbella’s jet set casualty

Published on 16/08/2006

16 August 2006

MARBELLA — Christoph von Hohenlohe, a member of one of Europe’s most illustrious aristocratic families was buried near Marbella on Wednesday after dying in mysterious circumstances in a Bangkok jail.

‘Kiko’ Von Hohenlohe, 49, was a prince and member of the Agnelli family, the powerful Italian industrial dynasty, died earlier this month at the hospital unit of the notorious Klongprem Central Prison.

His mother, Princess Ira von Fürstenburg, 66, a well-known European socialite, is demanding an autopsy and an investigation into her son’s unexplained death.

Thai authorities have so far declined to open an inquiry.

Hospital sources are said to have suggested the playboy aristocrat died from a possible blood infection or insulin deprivation. 

With a glittering array of European aristocrats attending the funeral, Von Hohenlohe was buried next to his father Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe near Marbella.

Alfonso von Hohenlohe was famous for turning the former fishing village of Marbella into a fashionable resort for a jet set of Hollywood actors and European aristocrats during the 1960s and 1970s.

His Marbella Club Hotel became a popular refuge from the paparazzi for the likes of Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Tony Curtis and Sean Connery.

European royals like the Duke of Windsor rubbed shoulders with Arab sheikhs and South American dictators.

Christoph Von Hohenlohe’s grandparents on his mother’s side were Prince Tassilo Egon Maria Karl George Leo von Fürstenburg oand Clara Agnelli, a Fiat heiress.

Von Hohenlohe was arrested and jailed in Bangkok in July 31 for falsifying documents.

Despite attempts to convince a judge he had not intended to commit a crime, he was sent to Klongprem jail which has been condemned by Amnesty International for its inhuman conditions.

With up to 40 prisoners to a cell, Von Hohenlohe’s health deteriorated rapidly.

Though not a diabetic, his blood sugar levels were abnormally high just before he died.
He was denied bail twice.

A prison official confirmed Von Hohenlohe’s death on 6 August.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news