Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 

, Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 , The Today News USA

Former Spice Girl Geri Horner has been left ‘utterly broken’ after the sudden death of her older brother who has died aged 54 after collapsing at home.

Max Halliwell was being treated in intensive care at Watford General Hospital after falling ill at home in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, before he passed away last week. 

Geri and Max are known to be incredibly close, with her older brother helping her escape Britain in the chaos when she suddenly quit the Spice Girls at their peak in 1998.

His death at a young age will be doubly-devastating for Geri, who struggled to cope after the sudden death of their father Laurence, from a heart attack in 1993.

The singer was in the Middle East with her husband, F1 boss Christian Horner who was preparing for the Qatar Grand Prix last Wednesday when Mr Halliwell fell ill. 

Max, an executive for a green technology company, was a pillar of strength and a shoulder to cry on for his famous sister. He appeared alongside her in 1999 documentary following her life after the Spice Girls.  

‘She barely knows what to say or think just now – she loved him dearly’, a friend said last night. 

, Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 , The Today News USA

, Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 , The Today News USA

Spice Girl Geri Horner (pictured last month) was left ‘utterly broken’ by the death of her brother, Max, sources told the Sun

, Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 , The Today News USA

, Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 , The Today News USA

Max Halliwell (pictured) died in intensive care after collapsing at his Hertfordshire home last week aged 54

, Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 , The Today News USA

, Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 , The Today News USA

Geri and Max are known to be incredibly close, with her older brother helping her escape Britain in the chaos when she suddenly quit the Spice Girls at their peak in 1998. They are pictured together here in 1999 during a documentary

The insider told The Sun: ‘This is the most awful, devastating, heartbreaking news and Geri is utterly broken by it.

, Spice girl Geri Horner is left ‘utterly broken’ by sudden death of brother Max Halliwell aged 54 , The Today News USA

‘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’.

It appears police were called to his home after being contacted by someone concerned for his health. Officers found him and he was taken to hospital, where he later died.

It is not yet known why he fell ill or who called the police. 

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police 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.’      

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.’