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A Dutch prince who has been in a coma for 18 months after being buried alive beneath an avalanche while skiing has died.

Prince Friso, 44, was trapped while on holiday in Lech, Austria in February 2012 and never regained consciousness.

He was under the snow for 20 minutes before he was rescued and died as a result of the extensive damage to his brain caused by oxygen deprivation.

He was initially treated in a London hospital and was brought back to The Hague last month.

The Dutch royal?s death comes just months after his mother Princess Beatrix abdicated in favour of her oldest son, now King Willem-Alexander.

Prince Friso, full name, Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David, Prince of Oranje-Nassau, also himself gave up his claim to the throne in 2003 in order to marry commoner Mabel Wisse Smit, with whom he had two daughters, Princesses Luana and Zaria.

He married his wife without official permission which meant he was removed from the line of succession.

The 2012 accident occurred as Prince Friso was skiing with a childhood friend from the alpine village that the Dutch royal family had been visiting each winter for years.

Source-DailyMail UK

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