next of kin

noun
1.
a person's nearest relative or relatives: The newspaper did not publish the names of casualties until the next of kin had been notified.
2.
Law. the nearest relative or relatives who share in the estate of a person who dies intestate.

Origin:
1760–70

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next of kin
 
n
a person's closest relative or relatives

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Example sentences
Generally, when someone is in critical condition or deceased, it is the
  hospital or police who notifies next of kin.
Please have your next of kin contact your behavioral health provider for an
  immediate psychiatric evaluation.
Local law requires the hospital to ask the next of kin whether to continue
  treatment.
Officials are withholding the officer's name pending notification of next of
  kin.
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