Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau

second son of Beatrix of the Netherlands and Claus von Amsberg; brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (1968-2013)

Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau (Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg; 25 September 1968 – 12 August 2013) was a member of the Dutch Royal Family.

Prince Friso
Born(1968-09-25)25 September 1968
Utrecht, Netherlands
Died12 August 2013(2013-08-12) (aged 44)
Huis ten Bosch, The Hague, Netherlands
SpousePrincess Mabel of Orange-Nassau (2004–2013; his death)
IssueCountess Luana of Orange-Nassau Countess Zaria of Orange-Nassau
Full name
Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David
HouseHouse of Orange-Nassau
FatherClaus von Amsberg
MotherBeatrix of the Netherlands
ReligionProtestant Church in the Netherlands

He was born on 25 September 1968[1] in the University Medical Center in Utrecht, Netherlands[2] to Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus. He was a younger brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Because of his marriage without an Act of Consent in 2004, he lost his membership of the Dutch Royal House and was no longer in the line of succession to the Dutch throne. He worked as chief financial officer for Urenco Group.

On 17 February 2012, Prince Friso was buried under an avalanche in Lech, Austria, while skiing off piste. He was taken to a hospital in Innsbruck where he was in critical but stable condition.[3]

According to his doctor, even though he was trapped for a relatively short time and hopes had originally been higher, subsequent neurological tests showed that after fifty minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in moderate hypothermia he suffered massive brain damage due to oxygen shortage. The prince was in a minimally conscious state and it was unclear whether he would ever regain full consciousness.[4][5][6] After nearly a year and a half in a coma, he died on 12 August 2013.[7]

References change

  1. (in Dutch) Prins Friso Archived 2013-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, Royal House. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  2. (in Dutch) Geboorte prins Johan Friso Archived 2013-08-19 at the Wayback Machine, NOS, 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2013
  3. "Dutch Prince Johan Friso 'buried by Austria avalanche'". BBC News. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  4. "Zeer ernstig hersenletsel Friso" (in Dutch). 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  5. "Dutch prince 'may never regain consciousness'". AFP. 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  6. "Dutch prince suffers brain damage after avalanche -". CNN. 25 February 2012.
  7. "BBC News – Dutch prince dies after year in coma". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 12 August 2013.

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