Sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina

Sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina

"It is presumed that it was a suicide", a spokesman of the Dutch government told Argentinian newspaper La Nacion of the 33-year-old's death.

He said in a statement: "The sudden death of the sister of the Queen comes as a great shock".

Dutch broadcaster NOS reported that the sister of the Argentinian-born queen likely committed suicide, citing a government spokesperson.

Her body was found Wednesday night by her mother María del Carmen Cerruti and a friend of Zorreguieta, said news agency EFE.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte described it as 'intensely sad and heartbreaking news'.

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"With our hearts and our thoughts we are with the queen and her family".

Zorreguieta was a psychologist who worked for an office on social policies at the president's office. I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this frightful loss together. She had also worked for the social development ministry in Buenos Aires province and at a United Nations office in Panama.

Her father, Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta, died previous year in Buenos Aires aged 89 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Reports of her receiving medical treatment for problems with her diet and depression began circulating when she returned to the country.

Queen Maxima is the wife of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who ascended to the throne in 2013. King Willem-Alexander will travel alone to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

She and the queen had a close relationship as Zorreguieta was a bridesmaid for her wedding to Willem-Alexander in 2002.

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