crown prince of Nepal, went on a shooting rampage at the family's Kathmandu palace in June, wiping out nearly the entire royal family before turning his revolver on himself. Casualties included his father, King Birendra; his mother, Queen Aiswarya; his sister, Shruti; and his brother, Nirajan. Dipendra temporarily survived the suicide attempt and was enthroned as king as he lay in a coma. Birendra's brother, Gyanendra, became king shortly after Dipendra died. Aiswarya's disapproval of Dipendra's intended bride reportedly prompted her son's homicidal rage.