Dodi Fayed

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Dodi Fayed
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Native name
عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد
Born
Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena'em Fayed

(1955-04-15)15 April 1955
Alexandria, Egypt
Died31 August 1997(1997-08-31) (aged 42)
Pont de l'Alma tunnel, Paris, France
Cause of death Automobile crash
Resting placeFayed Estate, Oxted, Surrey
NationalityEgyptian
Education Yale University
Alma mater Collège Saint Marc
Institut Le Rosey
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
OccupationFilm producer
Known for Death of Diana, Princess of Wales
Spouse(s)
Suzanne Gregard
(m. 1986;div. 1987)
Parent(s) Mohamed Al-Fayed
Samira Khashoggi
Relatives Omar Fayed (half-brother)
Muhammad Khashoggi (grandfather)
Adnan Khashoggi (uncle)
Soheir Khashoggi (aunt)
Jamal Khashoggi (cousin)
Nabila Khashoggi (cousin)
Emad Khashoggi (cousin)

Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena'em Fayed ( /fˈɛd/ ; Egyptian Arabic : عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد [ʕeˈmæːd ɪdˈdiːn mæˈħæmmæd ʕæbdelˈmenʕem fæːjed] , 15 April 1955 – 31 August 1997), better known as Dodi Fayed (Egyptian Arabic : دودي الفايد [ˈduːdi] ), was the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed El Fayed. He died in a car crash in Paris with Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. He was also a first cousin to Jamal Khashoggi through his mother, who was a Saudi journalist killed in Turkey in 2018.

Egypt Country spanning North Africa and Southwest Asia

Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. Across the Gulf of Aqaba lies Jordan, across the Red Sea lies Saudi Arabia, and across the Mediterranean lie Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, although none share a land border with Egypt.

Mohamed Al-Fayed Egyptian businessman

Mohamed Al-Fayed is an Egyptian businessman. Fayed's business interests include ownership of Hôtel Ritz Paris and formerly Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge. Al-Fayed sold his ownership of Fulham F.C. to Shahid Khan in 2013.

Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died in hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes S280, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth passenger in the car, bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, was seriously injured but survived.

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Life and career

Fayed was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was the eldest son of the Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods department store. He was the half-brother of Omar, Camilla, Karim and Jasmine Al-Fayed. Dodi's father was also the former owner of Fulham Football Club and the Hôtel Ritz Paris. [1] Dodi's mother was the Saudi Arabian author Samira Khashoggi; [2] her father was Dr Muhammad Khashoggi, who was of Turkish descent, and brother to the billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. [2] [3] Fayed was a student at Collège Saint Marc before attending the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. [4] [5] He also briefly attended Sandhurst. [1] After completing his education, he served as an attaché at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in London. [5] Fayed was the first cousin of the late Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. [6]

Alexandria Metropolis in Egypt

Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt and a major economic centre, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. Its low elevation on the Nile delta makes it highly vulnerable to rising sea levels. Alexandria is an important industrial center because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez. Alexandria is also a popular tourist destination.

Harrods British department store

Harrods is a department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London. It is owned by the state of Qatar via its sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority. The Harrods brand also applies to other enterprises undertaken by the Harrods group of companies including Harrods Estates, Harrods Aviation and Air Harrods, and to Harrods Buenos Aires, sold by Harrods in 1922 and closed as of 2011.

Omar Fayed is an environmentalist and publisher. He is CEO of ESTEE, based in Switzerland and Great Britain, that advocates human space exploration, space colonization, and sustainable human development within the biosphere. He is co-founder and CEO of EarthX, a data visualization and mapping company based on NASA’s World Wind Project. He is chairman of Synergetic Press based in New Mexico, and a fellow of the Institute of Ecotechnics.

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: The Series television series. Fayed also worked for his father on Harrods' marketing. [7]

<i>Chariots of Fire</i> 1981 film by Hugh Hudson

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.

<i>Breaking Glass</i> 1980 film by Brian Gibson

Breaking Glass is a 1980 British film starring Hazel O'Connor, Phil Daniels and Jonathan Pryce. It was co-produced by Dodi Fayed and written and directed by Brian Gibson.

<i>F/X</i> 1986 film by Robert Mandel

F/X is a 1986 American action thriller film directed by Robert Mandel, written by Gregory Fleeman and Robert T. Megginson, and starring Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, and Angela Bassett in her film debut. The film follows an expert (Brown) in the art of special effects (F/X) with a reputation built by his work on many low-budget hack-and-slash films such as I Dismember Mama. The Department of Justice hires him to stage the murder of a gangster about to enter the Witness Protection Program. He agrees, but then things get complicated. Meanwhile, a New York City police detective (Dennehy) is investigating the faked murder and cannot understand why the Justice Department is even less helpful than usual.

Personal life

In 1986, Fayed married model Suzanne Gregard, but the couple divorced after eight months of marriage. [7]

In July 1997, Fayed became romantically involved with Diana, Princess of Wales. Earlier that summer, Fayed had become engaged to an American model, Kelly Fisher, and had bought a house in Malibu, California, for himself and Fisher with money from his father. [8] [9] Fisher subsequently claimed Fayed had jilted her for Diana and announced that she was filing a breach of contract suit against him, claiming that he had "led her emotionally all the way up to the altar and abandoned her when they were almost there. He threw her love away in a callous way with no regard for her whatsoever". [10] She dropped the lawsuit shortly after Fayed's death. [11]

Diana, Princess of Wales member of the British royal family

Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

Malibu, California City in California, United States

Malibu is a beach city in western Los Angeles County, California, situated about 30 miles (48 km) west of Downtown Los Angeles. It is known for its Mediterranean climate and its 21-mile (34 km) strip of the Malibu coast, incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu. The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway, which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.

Death

Innocent Victims, the second of two memorials in Harrods. 112407-Harrods-DiannaDodiMemorial1.jpg
Innocent Victims , the second of two memorials in Harrods.

In the early-morning hours of 31 August 1997, Diana and Fayed 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 Rivieras aboard his family's yacht, the Jonikal. Neither Fayed nor Diana were wearing a seat belt.

Pont de lAlma bridge over the Seine River in Paris

Pont de l'Alma is a road bridge in Paris, France across the Seine. It was named to commemorate the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Ottoman-Franco-British alliance achieved victory over the Russian army, on 20 September 1854.

French Riviera Riviera

The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. There is no official boundary, but it is usually considered to extend from Cassis or Toulon on the west to the France–Italy border in the east, where the Italian Riviera joins. The coast is entirely within the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) region of France. The principality of Monaco is a semi-enclave within the region, surrounded on three sides by France and fronting the Mediterranean.

Italian Riviera Riviera in Liguria, Italy

The Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border with France and the French Riviera near Ventimiglia to Capo Corvo which marks the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia and is close to the border with Tuscany. The Italian Riviera thus includes nearly all of the coastline of Liguria.

Investigations by French and British police concluded that their chauffeur, Henri Paul, was driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs; paparazzi chasing the couple are also believed to have contributed to the accident. [12] [13] Fayed's father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, has claimed that the couple "were executed by MI6 agents." [14] Fayed's former spokesman, Michael Cole, has claimed that the couple had become engaged before their deaths. [15]

Fayed was originally interred in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey, but was disinterred and re-interred on the grounds of the Fayed estate in Oxted, Surrey in October 1997. [16]

Memorials

Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed in Harrods. 112407-Harrods-DiannaDodiMemorial2.jpg
Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed in Harrods.

Fayed's father has erected two memorials to his son 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 Fayed purchased the day before they died. [17] The second, unveiled in 2005 and titled Innocent Victims , is a 3-metre-high bronze statue of the two dancing on a beach, beneath the wings of an albatross. [18] The memorials were designed by 80-year-old Bill Mitchell, a close friend of Dodi's father and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years. [19] In January 2018, it was announced that the statue would be returned to the Al-Fayed family. [20]

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