Sister of Dutch Queen Maxima found dead in Argentina

Ruben Ruiz
June 8, 2018

Tributes were paid to the "very lovely and talented" Zorreguieta on a video her brother Martin posted of her singing and playing the guitar previous year.

Maxima was born and raised in Argentina until she met her now-husband 1999 and moved to the Netherlands.

Queen Maxima, 47, a native of Argentina, is "shocked and devastated" by her younger sister's death, according to a statement to Dutch newspaper De Volksrant.

The royal house said that the Queen is "very shocked and very sad" by the news.

It's understood the 33-year-old took her life, a Dutch government spokesperson told local TV news.

Inés Zorreguieta, 33, was found at her home in Argentina after a battle with depression and mental health issues, according to the BBC. "It is intensely sad and heartbreaking news that can hardly be comprehended for those who stay behind", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

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"With our hearts and our thoughts we are with the queen and her family". I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this frightful loss together.

She has cancelled upcoming engagements over the coming weeks, including a Baltic tour to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia with her husband next week.

Ms Zorreguieta worked for the Argentine government as an official in the Ministry of Social Development.

Their father, Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta, died past year in Buenos Aires at age 89.

His past caused some controversy in the Netherlands, and prompted a debate in the Dutch parliament ahead of his daughter's marriage to the crown prince.

Other reports by GizPress

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