Baron's son Alexander Monson dies in Kenya after cannabis arrestReported by Metro.co.uk on Thursday, 24 May 2012 (on May 24, 2012)
*The son of Lord Nicholas Monson has died in police custody in Kenya, hours after he was arrested for allegedly smoking cannabis.*
Alexander Monson had been staying in the Kenyan resort of Diani
Alexander Monson, who was in his 20s, was held at a club in the coastal resort of Diani on Saturday May 19 on suspicion of smoking a form of Indian cannabis called bhang; a mixture of dried seeds and leaves.
Local police commander Richard Mugwai said: 'He has taken to the police station and we made preparations to interview and charge him but he then felt sick.
'We took him to hospital and he died in the hands of the doctors.'
Mr Monson's family, from London, would not comment on the death of the former Marlborough schoolboy until the result of a post-mortem examination was released today.
A family spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: 'Alexander had previously enjoyed robust good health which makes this all the more shocking.
'The cause appears to be heart or respiratory related, but it is too early to say any more. Nicholas Monson flew out to Kenya immediately and is now trying to establish precisely what happened.'
A friend who knew the family when they lived in Bampton, Oxfordshire, also told the Daily Mail: 'It's awful what happened, it makes me feel sick.
'I heard he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly with a friend. The friend was released but apparently they found drugs on Alexander so he was handcuffed and taken.'
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