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Johan Friso, the bespectacled Dutch prince who avoided the limelight and gave up his position in line to the throne after getting entangled in a scandal with his bride-to-be, died Monday - 18 months after a skiing accident that left his brain gravely injured. He was 44. The royal house said the prince, known as Friso, died of complications from the accident, without giving more details. It said he had never regained more than "minimal consciousness." Friso was struck by an avalanche while skiing off-trail in Lech, Austria, on Feb. 17, 2012, and was buried until rescuers pulled him from the snow, unconscious, 20 minutes later. »


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