Dodi Fayed

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Dodi Fayed
BornEmad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed
(1955-04-15)15 April 1955
Alexandria, Egypt
Died31 August 1997(1997-08-31) (aged 42)
Pont de l'Alma, Paris, France
Cause of deathroad accident
NationalityEgyptian
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Susanne Gregard (m. 1987–1987) «start: (1987)–end+1: (1988)»"Marriage: Susanne Gregard to Dodi Fayed" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodi_Fayed)
ParentsMohamed Al-Fayed
Samira Kashoggi
 
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Dodi Fayed
BornEmad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed
(1955-04-15)15 April 1955
Alexandria, Egypt
Died31 August 1997(1997-08-31) (aged 42)
Pont de l'Alma, Paris, France
Cause of deathroad accident
NationalityEgyptian
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Susanne Gregard (m. 1987–1987) «start: (1987)–end+1: (1988)»"Marriage: Susanne Gregard to Dodi Fayed" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodi_Fayed)
ParentsMohamed Al-Fayed
Samira Kashoggi

Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed (Arabic: عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد‎), usually known as Dodi Fayed (15 April 1955 – 31 August 1997) was an Egyptian film producer. He was best known internationally as the boyfriend of Diana, Princess of Wales, with whom he died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris along with driver Henri Paul on 31 August 1997.

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Life

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Fayed was the son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed (Arabic: محمد الفايد‎), former owner of Harrods department store and owner of Fulham Football Club and the Hôtel Ritz Paris. His mother was Samira Kashoggi, sister of Saudi Arabian-born arms dealer billionaire Adnan Khashoggi. Fayed was a student at Collège Saint Marc before attending the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. He also briefly attended Sandhurst. Fayed was the executive producer of the films Chariots of Fire, Breaking Glass, F/X, F/X2, Hook, and The Scarlet Letter. He also served as the Executive Creative Consultant for the F/X television series. Fayed also worked for his father on Harrods' marketing.[1] Fayed was of Egyptian descent from his father and Spanish, Turkish and Arab descent from his mother.

Diana, Princess of Wales

In July 1997, Dodi became romantically involved with Diana, Princess of Wales. He had been engaged to American model Kelly Fisher,[2] but broke off the engagement when he began his highly publicised relationship with Diana. In the early hours of 31 August of that year, Diana and Dodi died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma underpass in Paris. They had stopped in Paris en route to London, after having spent nine days together on holiday in the French and Italian Riviera aboard his family yacht, the Jonikal. Neither Dodi nor Diana was wearing a seatbelt. Some reports have suggested that Henri Paul, the driver of their Mercedes-Benz limousine, may have been under the influence of alcohol and paparazzi chasing the couple may have caused the car accident. Dodi's father, Mohamed Al-Fayed claimed that the couple were executed by MI6 agents.[3] Fayed's former spokesman Michael Cole has claimed that the couple had become engaged before their deaths.[4] Their relationship and death are documented in the television film Diana: Last Days of a Princess. Dodi was originally interred in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey, but was moved to the Fayed estate in Oxted, Surrey.

Memorials

"Innocent Victims", the second of two memorials in Harrods.
Memorial to Diana and Dodi in Harrods.

Dodi's father has erected two memorials to Dodi and Diana at Harrods. The first, unveiled on 12 April 1998, consists of photos of the two behind a pyramid-shaped display that holds a wine glass still smudged with lipstick from Diana's last dinner as well as a ring Dodi purchased the day before they died.[5] The second, unveiled in 2005 and titled "Innocent Victims", is a 3m high bronze statue of the two dancing on a beach beneath the wings of an albatross.[6] The memorials were designed by 80-year-old Bill Mitchell, a close friend of Fayed and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years.[7]

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References

  1. ^ Obituary
  2. ^ www.telegraph.co.uk, 14 December 2007, retrieved 10-12-09
  3. ^ Mohamed al-Fayed: The outsider The Independent, october 6, 2007
  4. ^ Diana and Dodi 'were engaged' from bbc.co.uk
  5. ^ Jeweler: Diana, Dodi picked engagement ring - CNN.com
  6. ^ Harrods unveils Diana, Dodi statue, CNN.com, September 1, 2005.
  7. ^ Princes lead Diana remembrance BBC