33-year-old sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina

33-year-old sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina

Argentinian authorities are still investigating the 33-year-old's death but they too have pointed to suicide.

Ines Zorreguieta (second from left back row), sister of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, has died in Argentina.

Inés Zorreguieta (left) is Queen Maxima of Holland's (right) younger sister.

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Police said she died of an apparent suicide, state news agency Telam reported. A Dutch official told NOS TV it appeared that Zorreguieta killed herself. "It is intensely sad and heartbreaking news that can hardly be comprehended for those who stay behind", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, according to The Guardian. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and her family.

Queen Maxima has cancelled a string of public engagements following the death of her younger sister, Ms Zorregutia, who was the godmother of the 11-year-old daughter Princess Ariane. I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this awful loss together.

Inés and Maxima's father, Jorge Zorreguieta, passed away in August 2017 after years of ill health.

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Queen Maxima is the wife of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who ascended to the throne in 2013.

According to reports, Inés Zorreguieta had been suffering from depression.

Zorreguieta worked for the government for the social development ministry in Buenos Aires and previously at a United Nations office in Panama and as a psychologist for an office on social policies at the president's office.

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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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