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Ginger Spice rocked by family tragedy

Ginger Spice rocked by family tragedy

Spice Girl Geri Horner (nee Halliwell) has been left devastated by an untimely family tragedy. 

Geri's older brother Max Halliwell has died in intensive care after collapsing at home, according to reports by The Sun. 

Geri was in the Middle East with her Formula One champion husband Christian, as he prepared for the Grand Prix in Qatar, when concerns were raised over Max's welfare. 

Close friends said that Max and Geri have always been "incredibly close".

A source close to the singer explained, “This is the most awful, devastating, heartbreaking news and Geri is utterly broken by it."

“It has been a terribly traumatic time since the moment she heard Max had been taken to hospital, and the worst outcome which everybody close to the family hoped might not be."

“They are all rallying together but she barely knows what to say or think just now – she loved him dearly.”

Police reported that Max has been transferred to hospital after being found at his home.

In a statement a Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said, “Police were called at 9.40am on Wednesday 17 November to report the concern for welfare of a man at a residential property in Berkhamsted."

“Officers, along with the East of England Ambulance Service, attended the scene."

“The man was located and taken to hospital for treatment, where he sadly later died."

A spokesman for Geri has asked that everyone "respect the family's privacy at this difficult time", as the family mourns. 

Max and Geri famously jetted off to Paris together when the singer quit the Spice Girls at the height of their fame in the 1990s, in order to escape the limelight. 

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