Henry Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland

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11th Duke of Northumberland. Photo by Allan Warren

Henry Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland FRS (1 July 1953 – 31 October 1995) was a British peer, heir to the dukedom of Northumberland and a godchild of Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

Educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, he was notable in his lifetime for planting many trees at Syon House (the Ducal residence); for an unsuccessful foray into film-making both in front of and behind the camera; for romantic relationships with Naomi Campbell's mother Valerie and with American actress Barbara Carrera; and for excessive and adventurous drug taking.[2]

It has been reported that Percy was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), although sources are scant.[3] He never married and died aged 42 from heart failure after an overdose of amphetamines.[2][4]

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  1. "'Nappy and glorious'", Daily Mail, June 1, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Barber, Lynne (August 3, 2003), "Gardener's question time", The Observer, retrieved October 4, 2012
  3. Lisman SR; Dougherty K (2007), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons, pp. 297–302, ISBN 978-0-470-11772-9
  4. Mason, Christopher (July 17, 2008), "The Versailles of the North", The New York Times, retrieved October 4, 2012