Prince Tu'ipelehake dies

Prince Tu’ipelehake known as Viliami Tupoulahi Mailefihi Tuku’aho, 57, died in Vaiola Hospital at 7.30pm Saturday 14.

The prince was admitted to hospital in a serious condition.

A source has told Kaniva News the prince was diabetic and his condition had deteriorated rapidly.

Prince Tu’ipelehake is first cousin to King Tupou VI.

Late King Tupou IV revoked the prince's rights to the succession as well as his title after he married commoner Mele Vikatolia Faletau in 1983.

They had a duaghter Taone Tukuʻaho and son Sione Ngū Tukuʻaho.

His princely title was restored by King George V in 2009.

He subsequently married former beauty queen Ma’ata Mo’ungaloa in 1996 and then ‘Ene’io Tatafu, whom he has recently divorced.

The prince is survived by his wife Lady Fifita Holeva Tu'iha'angana Tuku'aho.

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