Prince Alfonso de Borbon of Spain was killed Monday in a skiing accident at the World Alpine Ski Championships

when he ran into a cable being set up for a race- course finish line, officials said.The 52-year-old cousin of King Juan Carlos of Spain died of unspecified neck injuries when he hit the low-hanging cable being prepared at the finish of the Beaver Creek race course for men's downhill training, the Eagle County sheriff's department said.

Alfonso, Spain's ambassador to Sweden and a member of the International Ski Federation, was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was declared dead, sheriff's deputies said.

An exact cause of death had not been determined, and an investigation of the accident was under way, sheriff's spokesman Jeff Beavers said.