Incidentally, Crown Prince Dipendra committed fratricide, homicide, matricide, patricide, and regicide almost simultaneously before apparently attempting suicide with the same sub-machine gun that he used to slaughter his family.

Among the dead are his father, King Birendra; his mother, Queen Aiswarya; his brother, Prince Nirajan; his sister, Princess Shruti, and five guests of the royal family.

Dipendra died after spending a few days in a coma following his suicide attempt. Had he survived, he would have become King of Nepal, despite having assassinated the previous king. The official word from representatives of the Nepalese royal family was that the massacre was "an accident." Dipendra's uncle became king upon his death.

2002.12.08@16:48 strawberry says I believe that Dipendra was actually king (since the former king was now dead... the whole "the king is dead, long live the (new) king!" thing) for the day or two he lay in the hospital before he died. Then he died and the new (current) king (Birendra's uncle) became king. No one much likes the new king and his son Paras (the new crown prince - heir to the throne) is pretty much loathed.

2002.12.10@16:53 strawberry says by the way,the new king is King Gyanendra. The reason people hate his son?... the page at sums it up nicely...