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Japan’s prince Katsura dies at 66

/ 04:29 PM June 08, 2014
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This picture taken on October 4, 2007 shows a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, Prince Katsura on a wheelchair in Akita, northern Japan. Prince Katsura, 66, died of acute heart failure at the University of Tokyo hospital on June 8, 2014. AFP

TOKYO — Prince Katsura, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, died Sunday of acute heart failure after years of struggling with ill health, the palace said. He was 66.

He was pronounced dead at 10:55 am (0155 GMT) at a Tokyo hospital. The prince has fought against a string of illnesses, including blood poisoning, infections and acute subdural hematoma, a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.

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He was the sixth in line to the Japanese imperial throne.

Akihito’s two sons and his grandson are the first, second, third in line to succeed the Chrysanthemum throne.

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