Heinrich IV, Prince Reuss died on June 20 at his home in Ernstbrunn, Austria. He was 93 years old.
"My beloved father, the Prince Reuss, 93 years old, died surrounded by his children and grandchildren, said his son, Heinrich XIV, who succeeds his father as the head of the Princely House of Reuss.
Much of the family property was in Gera, which was a part of East Germany. After the collapse of the German Democratic Republic in 1990, the Prince Reuss was able to reclaim the family estate, including land and forestry operations. He was able to make the claim because of his Austrian birth.
Prince Heinrich IV was born on October 26, 1919 at Schloss Ernstbrunn. He was the eldest son of Heinrich XXXIX, Prince Reuss, and Countess Antonia zu Castell-Castell.
On June 10, 1954 Prince Reuss married Princess Marie Luise of Salm-Horstmar. He is survived by his wife and their four children, Heinrich XIV, Princess Johanetta, a Lutheran pastor, Princess Caroline (the wife of Baron Carl Philipp Hohenbühel) and Princess Esperance, Countess Johannes Kinsky von Wchinitz.
Prince Heinrich XIV's only son, Prince Heinrich XXIX is now the heir. He was born in 1997.