Geri Horner's brother Max dies suddenly at age of 54

Spice Girls star Geri Horner's older brother has died suddenly at the age of 54.

Max Halliwell — who worked for an eco-friendly technology firm — was taken to Watford General Hospital after collapsing at home and died later in intensive care.

A spokesman for Geri told The Sun said: “As you can imagine this is a difficult time and we would ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.”

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Geri Horner's brother Max Halliwell at the McLaren London showroom in 2011. (Getty Images)

The singer was in the Middle East, where her Formula One racing boss husband Christian Horner was working at the Qatar Grand Prix, at the time.

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A police spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Constabulary 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.

“His death is being treated as non-suspicious and will be referred to the coroner.”

Geri, 49, grew up in Watford with her brother and older sister Natalie.

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Geri Horner was in the Middle East with her husband Christian Horner. (Getty Images)

Max took part in Geri’s appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in 2010.

He recalled: “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.

Geri Horner's older brother Max has died suddenly at the age of 54. (Getty Images)
Geri Horner's older brother Max has died suddenly at the age of 54. (Getty Images)

“He obviously saw something early on, so I’d call her a bit of a daddy’s girl, definitely.”

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He said Geri “was absolutely devastated, as we all were” by the sudden death of their father Laurence, who suffered a heart attack in 1993.

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