Dutch queen's sister dies in Argentina

Inés at Princess Ariane's baptism

Inés Zorreguieta, the youngest sister of Dutch Queen Maxima, has been found dead at her home in Argentina in an apparent suicide, the Dutch government said on Thursday.

Also shown in this family picture taken on the baptism of Princess Ariane in 2007 are (front row) Queen Maxima with Princess Ariane on her lap, King Willem-Alexander (centre right), and their daughters Princess of Orange Catharina-Amalia (left) and Princess Alexia (right).

As a result of Inés Zorreguieta's sudden death, Queen Maxima has canceled her upcoming events.

According to reports, Inés Zorreguieta worked for the civil service in Buenos Aires, and had been suffering from depression.

It now appears that she had struggled for a long time with thoughts of suicide.

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The queen and her sister are native Argentinians. "I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this awful loss together and I trust that they will get the peace and space for that".

Her death comes 10 months after the death of Maxima's father Jorge Zorreguieta, who died at the age of 89 from cancer. Zorreguieta was also godmother to the couple's third child, her 11-year-old niece Princess Ariane of the Netherlands. "And I trust that they will get the peace and space for that".

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

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.

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