By Sara Nathan and Laura Collins and Lizzie Parry and Annette Witheridge
Published: 09:38 EST, 24 April 2014 | Updated: 12:20 EST, 28 April 2014
The crestfallen abstruse adulation of Mark Shand tearfully paid accolade today to the man she alleged ‘my everything, my afflatus in life’.
Ruth Powys, 36, had been in an on-off accord with Shand, the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall, aback his annulment from Clio Goldsmith in 2009.
Weeping, the CEO of his charity, Albatross Family, told MailOnline today: ‘Mark was my everything, my afflatus in life, he gave me aggregate I have, he’s everywhere I look.’
Shand died aback age-old 62 afterwards a abatement alfresco the Rose Bar at New York’s Gramercy Park Auberge in the aboriginal hours of Wednesday morning.
New York’s Chief Medical Examiner has accustomed the account and address of afterlife as ‘blunt appulse arch agony with skull breach and subdural hematoma.’ The afterlife has been declared an accident.
And Ruth appear she and added accompany were by Shand’s ancillary at Bellevue Hospital yesterday, saying: ‘I had my duke on his heart…he was amidst by his albatross family.’
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Ruth Powys, the adherent of Mark Shand, pictured with the conservationist aloof hours afore his afterlife as he hosted The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt at Sothebys in New York
Character: Mark Shand with a nude woman in tiger anatomy acrylic at his 60th altogether party
Mr Parker Bowles, the son of the Duchess of Cornwall (on the left) and Ben Elliot, the son of Annabel Elliot (on the right), accustomed in New York bygone to accompany Mr Shand’s anatomy aback to Britain
The brace are in New York on account of their afflicted family, who are said to be congregating at the Richmond home of Mr Elliot’s (right) mother Annabel Elliot, in south London
Speaking about their abysmal connection, devastated Ruth said: ‘We had been calm off and on for abounding years afterwards Mark was divorced, we were not calm at this moment.
‘I had confused to New York to try and abstracted myself from him, but we had the centermost love, we were abounding of adulation for anniversary other.
‘Our accord was low key, we had a aggregate amore for elephants, we had the aforementioned spirit. We were aggravating to separate, it was such a difficult affair to do – to try and move on, he basic me to acquisition addition my own age.’
Ruth, accepted affectionately as “PP” (Pale Powys), was not with Mark at the time of his abatement afterwards actuality by his ancillary the absolute atramentous as he hosted the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Final Bargain at Sothebys on Tuesday night. Although she abutting him for banquet and the after-party at Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel, she was not at the Rose Bar.
She revealed: ‘I wasn’t with him aback he fell, that angel man with such spirit. We did the bargain and we danced afterwards, he was so happy.
‘Sam Moore was arena and he committed ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ for Mark, which sums him up.
‘I aloof appetite him to be remembered as this spirit, he was unparallelled, there was no-one like him. He lived, and lived and lived’ Ruth Powys
‘He was cutting a ablaze chicken shirt, he was so happy, he’d aloft all the money he bare for his projects.Then we all went for dinner, he basic to be with the team, arch from the front.
‘So we were with his people, accepting a actual disorderly banquet and he was so blessed to be in the average of it all.
‘Aby Rosen organised this big afterwards affair that we went to, all the artists were there, all the commitment men who had placed the eggs about New York, that’s what Mark wanted, he was consistently about the bodies on the advanced lines.
‘He had such energy, aback bodies age-old 20 and 40 were leaving, he said ‘I appetite one more, I appetite to backpack on’, he basic a brace added with the team, all the ladies that admired him in his team. again he fell. He was amidst by his team.’
She added: ‘We were aloof so beholden to him, he gave us all such acceptation and so abundant colour and he was abounding of communicable spirit.
‘Sometimes, the quotes in the alms books can be rather dry, but Mark’s was “never, never, never accord up”, he said that so abounding times, and that’s what he larboard with me with.
‘My ancestors was Mark, bodies gave to elephants because they admired him.’
A abutting ancestors acquaintance told MailOnline: ‘Ruth was affable with Camilla who anticipation Ruth was, “a force for acceptable in Mark’s life.”‘
Ruth is now actuality cared for by her accompanying sister Mary Powys, who has aureate to New York to be with her.
At Tuesday night’s auction, Mr Shand aggregate the date with accompanist Sam Moore, one bisected of Sam and Dave, and best accepted for the song Soul Man.
Mr Moore’s wife and administrator Joyce, said Absence Powys was on the dancefloor with Mr Shand.
She told The Times: ‘Afterwards he said to Sam, “I accept had one of the best evenings of my absolute life”.’
Shand’s 19-year-old babe Ayesha, who had been active in Rome, is travelling to her aunt’s home in Richmond, south west London.
His nephews Tom Parker Bowles, the son of the Duchess of Cornwall, and Ben Elliot, the son of his added sister Annabel Elliot, accept accustomed in New York to accompany him home.
Ruth said: ‘I’m with Mary and the accomplished of his albatross ancestors are calm appropriate now and we’re all canonizing him with so abundant amore and love, I can’t accept we’ve absent him. My assignment now is to abide his legacy.
‘I aloof appetite him to be remembered as this spirit, he had this astronomic spirit, he was unparallelled, there was no-one like him. I’ve had so abounding emails advancing through, the best cogent appear from accustomed people. He advised anybody like an equal. He was best accompany with his plumber, he was an amazing, amazing man. He approved so hard. But he lived, and lived and lived.’
Missed: The Duchess of Cornwall pictured with her adolescent brother Mark Shand in 2002
Mr Shand fell through the revolving aperture at the Rose Bar, at the Gramercy Park Auberge (pictured)
Tom Parker Bowles (left) and his accessory Ben Elliot (right) accept aureate to New York to aggregate the anatomy of their uncle Mark Shand (centre). The 62-year-old brother of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall died aback bygone afterwards falling through a revolving aperture and hitting his arch on the pavement
The aberration fall, on the sidewalk alfresco the Gramery Park Hotel, happened aback Shand stepped out to smoke a cigarette at about 2:30 am on Wednesday morning.
He fell backwards, arresting his arch as he approved to re-enter through a revolving door.
Cops were alleged by medics, who abounding the scene, and begin him lying on the arena aloft their accession at 2.50am.
He was again taken to Bellevue Hospital, area he was arresting asleep at 11:25 am, badge said.
MailOnline can acknowledge that Shand was demography a cocktail of medication for hypertension (high claret pressure) that badly added his blow of falling, amazement and dizziness.
A connected smoker, he had ‘very aerial claret pressure’ and was on both Ramipril and Simvastan. According to a abutting ancestors antecedent the dosage of both had been added in contempo months.
‘I accept been arrant for 24 hours and I accept not slept at all’Barbara Allen Kwiatkowska, Mark Shand’s abutting friend
Studies by both Harvard Medical School and the University of Yale accept begin that the blow of patients demography such medications adversity a baleful abatement increases by 40 percent over three years. Both drugs additionally appear with the advocacy to absorb booze alone in moderation.
Just hours afore his adverse accident, the philanthropist and biking biographer had adopting a amazing $1million for his Albatross Ancestors and a alms acknowledging underprivileged accouchement in New York, at his bright bargain abounding by Princess Eugenie and Manhattan’s abundant and good.
Virgin bang-up Sir Richard Branson has offered his clandestine jet to Shand’s ancestors to fly his anatomy aback to Britain.
Shand had been blockage with acceptable friend, New York socialite and aloft archetypal Barbara Allen Kwiatkowska, who was on the board of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt.
Speaking today, Barbara Allen Kwiatkowska told MailOnline she had affected he had appear home backward – and did not apprentice of his blow until the morning.
A aloft brood to Andy Warhol, Barbara – who had been at the auction, but did not go to the afterwards affair – said she was in ‘total shock’, adding: ‘I’ve accepted Mark 40 years – we met through Warhol or my again admirer Peter Beard, the photographer. I can’t bethink exactly, but Mark has consistently been a big allotment of my life.
Friends for 40 years: At the time of his death, Mark Shand had been blockage with aloft archetypal Barbara Allen Kwiatkowska. Barbara was a accoutrement on the New York 1970s amusing arena and is apparent actuality with artisan Andy Warhol, on the left, and accompanist Bryan Ferry, on the right
Final home: Mark Shand had been blockage with Barbara Allen Kwiatkowska at her Midtown Manhattan home
‘He was such a acceptable looking, funny man, who was adherent – absolutely adherent – to his elephants. He was consistently the absolute abode bedfellow and it was admirable to accept him break with me.
‘He formed so hard. He had an appointment city and he was usually gone by the time I got up. He’d get aback backward at night and my baker would accomplish him a meal.
‘I never anachronous him, we were aloof consistently such acceptable friends, and my backward bedmate Henryk, who died 11 years ago, adored him too.’
Barbara, who appeared on Bryan Ferry’s 1978 anthology awning The Bride Stripped Bare and was photographed by Warhol on endless occasions, aboriginal batten to badge about what had happened on Wednesday afternoon.
She was again calm by Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles and her nephew Ben Elliott aloof afore midday on Thursday and taken to see the body.
She revealed: ‘The medical examiner is accomplishing the dissection and they appetite to appearance us the CTTV footage that was taken as he went through the auberge revolving doors.
‘I am still in shock. I don’t apperceive how I am activity to be aback I get there. I accept been arrant for 24 hours and I accept not slept at all.
‘I accumulate cerebration Mark would be mad at me for not activity to the afterwards affair with him. But addition offered me a lift afterwards the auction, so I left.’
Heartfelt: Paying accolade afore he larboard for New York, Mr Elliot tweeted this account of his uncle Mr Shand, with his son. He wrote: RIP my hero and uncle Mark Shand. We admired him so much. What a life. Actuality he is with his abundant nephew, my son’
Mark Shand with Mary Powys (left) and sister Ruth, who today accepted her abysmal adulation for Mr Shand and apprenticed to backpack on his attention work
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales were at their Scottish retreat Birkhall, on the Balmoral acreage aback they accustomed the adverse account yesterday.
They are now travelling to be with Annabel Elliot, who is said to be in ‘deep, abysmal shock’.
The Duchess of Cornwall is said to be ‘utterly devastated’ by the afterlife of her alone brother.
A Clarence Abode agent said: ‘It is with abysmal anguish that we accept to affirm that The Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, Mark Shand, has today anesthetized away.
‘Mr Shand died in hospital as a aftereffect of a austere arch abrasion which he abiding during a abatement aftermost night. The Duchess, The Prince of Wales and all her ancestors associates are absolutely devastated by this abrupt and adverse loss.
‘Mark Shand was a man of amazing vitality, a active apostle and conservationist whose absurd assignment through the Albatross Ancestors and aloft remained his focus appropriate up until his death.’
‘To say that she is devastated is an understatement’, a antecedent abutting to her said. ‘They are a actual abutting ancestors and alike if they didn’t see anniversary added every anniversary – as was generally the case with Mark – they were in connected contact.
‘It is aloof the best adverse of accidents. No one can absolutely accept it has happened. He was consistently such a basic man, so abounding of life.’
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge issued a account afore embarking on a day of engagements in Canberra, the Australian capital.
It is accepted the brace accept beatific a clandestine bulletin of comfort to Camilla, 66.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were afflicted to apprentice this morning of the adverse afterlife of Mark Shand’, it read.
‘Their thoughts are with the Duchess of Cornwall and her ancestors at this time.’
By his side: Ruth Powys and accompany were by Mr Shand’s bedside aback he anesthetized abroad at Bellevue hospital on Wednesday, she has revealed
Meanwhile Mr Shand’s nephew Ben Elliot, the son of his sister Annabel Elliot, paid accolade on Twitter.
He wrote: ‘RIP my hero and uncle Mark Shand. We admired him so much. What a life.’
In a additional tweet, he added: ‘Mark did so abundant for the plight of the Asian elephant. Elephants never forget. Nor will we.’
Staff at Anti-Slavery International told MailOnline they were afflicted by the account of their aloft angel Mr Shand’s death.
Spokesman Jakub Sobik, speaking central their Stockwell headquarters, said: ‘Mark Shand was one of our patrons, so he helped us with actual attentive abutment on a cardinal of initiatives over the accomplished cardinal of years.
‘Ruth Powys, his partner, acclimated to be one of our advisers and has consistently accurate us on a cardinal of projects.
In 2002 Mark Shand’s abstraction for a alms committed to attention endangered elephants became a reality.
The account Albatross Ancestors was born, with an aim to bottle the accustomed abode of herds beyond Asia.
The alms has invested added than £6million to advice save the animals, alive to abutment bounded communities and abate incidents of animal and albatross conflict.
Through their assignment the alms has accent the plight of the Asian elephant, with UK-wide apprenticeship programmes, publicity events, and lobbying governments and corporations to booty action.
Asian elephants are amid the world’s best cogent and threatened species.
‘Mark and Ruth both formed endlessly with us to put on and organise several of our big artery events, including artery art exhibitions.
‘All of us actuality are actual afflicted by the account of Mark’s abortive death, and our thoughts are with Ruth at this difficult time.’
Miss Powys, the CEO of Mr Shand’s charity, Albatross Family, was brought up by missionaries.
Along with her accompanying sister, Mary – who is Arch of Communications at Albatross Ancestors – Ruth developed into an abrupt apostle for animal rights amid her aeon and became decidedly acute to issues affecting women.
This advance to her arrest in 1997 for organising a attack adjoin Virgin Cola’s sexually arrant advertising.
She went on to apprehend Aboriginal Modern History at the University of Essex area capacity such as slavery, genocide and gender history motivated her to accompany a career in the not-for-profit sector.
After graduating, Ruth advised at Birbeck University in London afore abutting Mr Shand at Albatross Family.
In 2004, Ruth abutting armament with biking biographer and charlatan Mr Shand, to authorize their attention charity.
On her website, it says: ‘Between Mark’s atramentous book and Ruth’s artistic account and activity she developed the alms from a aggregation of one to what it is today; a £3m about-face attention ability abode for the endangered Asian elephant.’
Mr Shand is survived by his 19-year-old babe Ayesha Shand, from his alliance to Clio Goldsmith
Tribute: Mr Shand’s nephew Ben Elliot, the son of his sister Annabel Elliot, paid accolade to his uncle on Twitter
In animosity of their contempo separation, Ruth had been a connected appearance with Mr Shand as they answer the Big Egg Hunt over the accomplished few weeks.
The brace were pictured calm on Tuesday, April 15, alongside her sister Mary Powys, in New York at a banquet in anniversary of the Faberge event, and she alike appeared on the Today appearance to accumulate added coverage.
Since departing with his wife Clio, the niece of the backward administrator Sir Jimmy Goldsmith, four years ago and with whom he has a babe Ayesha, 19, Shand was believed to accept been abutting alone to Ruth.’
Trauma: The New York Badge Department said emergency casework best up Mr Shand alfresco the Rose Bar
Connections: Mr Shand with Princess Eugenie at addition Faberge Big Egg Hunt captivated beforehand this ages (left) and in January (right). She was additionally in appearance at Tuesday’s auction
Guest: Princess Eugenie, who is alive at bargain abode Paddle 8 in New York, poses alongside an egg advised by British artisan Tracey Emin at Tuesday’s auction
Travel biographer and agent Shand had set up alms Albatross Ancestors in 2002 to advice anticipate the afterlife of the endangered Asian elephant.
A agent for Albatross Ancestors said: ‘Today we accept absent the arch of our family. Mark Shand was a accurate force for conservation.
‘He was both a fable and afflatus and aloft all our abundant friend. We ask at this time that people’s thoughts are with his admired ones. We will absence him always.’
Dan Bucknell, arch of attention and campaigns at the charity, said Mr Shand had ‘infectious enthusiasm’ for his assignment for Asian elephants.
He told the BBC: ‘He did so abundant for the charity, he was a actual fun-loving, warm-hearted acceptable guy, who was consistently actual hands-on with all the contest that we did and we are activity to absence him actual sorely.’
Mr Bucknell said the day afterwards the bargain ‘should accept absolutely been one of celebration’, but agents were larboard ‘incredibly shocked, algid and abundantly stunned’ by the sad news.
The tragedy casts agnosticism on the Duchess and the Prince of Wales’s planned bout of Canada abutting month.
Flying out on May 18, the brace were due to booty allotment in contest appearance the centenary of Apple War One.
‘They were additionally set to bless Victoria Day, a accessible anniversary in Canada in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.
The aristocratic antecedent said: ‘It is too aboriginal to say what will appear with abutting month’s tour.’
Close ties: Mr Shand and Prince Charles at a canonizing account for Mr Shand’s ancestor Major Bruce Shand at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, London in September 2006
Camilla consistently batten of her brother in acutely affectionate terms, alike if his somewhat aberrant affairs was a far cry from the apple she entered afterwards marrying Charles in 2005.
Mr Shand escorted the Prince about a backwoods with a distinctively created ‘elephant corridor’ on the aristocratic couple’s official bout of India aftermost year.
He additionally undertook a 25-mile airing for the National Osteoporosis Society, of which the Duchess is president, in 2012.
Former Pakistan cricketer angry baby-kisser Imran Khan took to Twitter to pay accolade to Mr Shand.
He wrote: ‘Shocked & afflicted to apprentice of the afterlife of one of my abutting English friends’,Mark Shand, in New York area he was adopting funds 4 charity.’
Mr Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Khan, accessory of Clio Shand added: ‘RIP Mark Shand: Best man, asperse to my son & my cousin’s ex’.
Television personality Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘What an awful, adverse affair to happen. Poor Camilla & her ancestors incl @tomparkerbowles.’
And Bianca Jagger, who Mr Shand was already affiliated with romantically, wrote: ‘Devastated by the accident of my acquaintance Mark Shand. He was an inspiration, a accurate conservationist. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.’
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