Britain’s biggest landowner, Duke of Westminster, dies aged 64

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The Duke died at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire after sudden illness (Source: Getty)

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, Britain’s biggest landowner, has died aged 64 due to a sudden illness.

The billionaire, known to be worth £8.3bn, owned swathes of land in London.

According to Forbes, he's the third richest person in the UK and the 68th richest billionaire in the world.

Read more: Britain ranked fifth richest country in the world

He died at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire today after suddenly becoming ill on his Abbeystead Estate, a spokesman said.

"His family are all aware and they ask for privacy and understanding at this very difficult time," he added.

"No further comment will be made for the time being but further information will follow in due course."

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are "deeply shocked and greatly saddened" by the sudden death of their friend the Duke of Westminster, a Clarence House spokeswoman said.

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