Spice Girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54
- Max Haliwell was treated in intensive care after the fall in Hertfordshire last week
- Sources close to the Spice Girls star said she was ‘utterly broken’ by the news
- The pair flew off to Paris together in the 90s when the singer quit the girl band
The brother of former Spice Girl Geri Horner has died aged 54 after suddenly collapsing at home.
Max Halliwell was being treated in intensive care following the fall in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, last week, before he tragically later passed away.
Sources close to the singer, who was in the Middle East at the time as her husband, F1 boss Christian, was preparing for the Qatar Grand Prix, told the Sun she was ‘utterly broken’ by the news.
Spice Girl Geri Horner (pictured) was left ‘utterly broken’ by the death of her brother, Max, sources told the Sun
Max Halliwell (pictured) died in intensive care after collapsing at his Hertfordshire home last week aged 54
They added: ‘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.’
Friends often described Geri and Max as being close, and she turned to him at the height of her fame during the 90s when she quit the girl band, flying off to Paris to get away from the spotlight.
In an appearance on Geri’s 2010 Life Stories episode with Piers Morgan, Max explained how the singer was a ‘daddy’s girl’ and how the pair were left devastated by the death of their father, Laurence, from a heart attack in 1993.
He said during the film: ‘Young Geri was always wanting to be the centre of attention.
‘I think Geri doted heavily on her father. Maybe because of the attention that my father gave her as regards to her potential.
‘He obviously saw something early on, so I’d call her a bit of a daddy’s girl, definitely.’
Police told the newspaper Max, who worked for a green technology company, had been taken to Watford General Hospital by ambulance when he was discovered at home last Wednesday.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and will be referred to the coroner, officers added.