Dodi Fayed

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Dodi Fayed
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Born Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed
(1955-04-15)15 April 1955
Alexandria, Egypt
Died 31 August 1997(1997-08-31) (aged 42)
Pont de l'Alma, Paris, France
Cause of death
Road accident
Resting place
Fayed Estate, Oxted, Surrey
Nationality Egyptian/Finnish/British
Education Collège Saint Marc, Institut Le Rosey, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Occupation Film producer
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Suzanne Gregard (m. 1986–87)
Parents Mohamed Al-Fayed, Samira Kashoggi
Relatives Adnan Khashoggi (uncle)

Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed (Arabic: عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد‎, IPA: [ʕeˈmæːd ɪdˈdiːn mæˈħæmmæd ʕæbdelˈmenʕem elˈfæːjed]), better known as Dodi Fayed (Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈduːdi]; 15 April 1955 – 31 August 1997), was the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed. He was the boyfriend of Diana, Princess of Wales, with whom he died in a car crash in Paris, on 31 August 1997.

He was employed by his father and also worked as a film producer.

Life and career[edit]

Fayed was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He was the eldest son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods department store and the former owner of Fulham Football Club and the Hôtel Ritz Paris.[1] His mother was Samira Kashoggi, sister of Saudi Arabian-born billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.[2] Fayed was a student at Collège Saint Marc before attending the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland.[3][4] He also briefly attended Sandhurst.[1] After completing his education, he served as an attaché at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in London.[4]

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1986, Fayed married model Suzanne Gregard, but the couple divorced after eight months of marriage.[5]

In July 1997, Fayed became romantically involved with Diana, Princess of Wales. At the time of his romance with Diana in the summer of 1997 Dodi was engaged to an American model, Kelly Fisher. Dodi had bought a house in Malibu for himself and Fisher with money from his father.[6][7] [8] Fisher subsequently announced that she was filing a breach of contract suit against Dodi, 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".[9]

Death[edit]

"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 Riviera aboard his family yacht, the Jonikal. Neither Fayed nor Diana was wearing a seatbelt. Investigations by French and British police concluded that their chauffeur Henri Paul was driving under the influence of alcohol, and paparazzi chasing the couple are also believed to have contributed to the accident.[10][11] Fayed's father, Mohamed Al-Fayed has claimed that the couple were executed by MI6 agents.[12] Fayed's former spokesman Michael Cole has claimed that the couple had become engaged before their deaths,[13] although there is evidence that suggests otherwise.[citation needed]

Fayed was originally interred in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey, but was moved to the Fayed estate in Oxted, Surrey.

Memorials[edit]

Memorial to Diana and Dodi 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.[14] The second, unveiled in 2005 and titled "Innocent Victims", is a three meter high bronze statue of the two dancing on a beach beneath the wings of an albatross.[15] The memorials were designed by 80-year-old Bill Mitchell, a close friend of Fayed and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years.[16]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peretti, Jacques (11 January 2009). "Death of a playboy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Hubbard, Kim (25 August 1997). "Howdy, Dodi!". People 48 (8). Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dodi Fayed: Biography". biography.com. 
  4. ^ a b "Fayed saw himself as an Onassis". augusta.com. 4 September 1997. 
  5. ^ a b Obituary
  6. ^ Dominick Dunne (19 May 2010). "Two Ladies, Two Yachts, and a Billionaire". Vanity Fair (magazine). New York. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Diana's Darling Dodi letters are read". Associated Press. 14 December 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2013.  (HighBeam Research subscription required)
  8. ^ Kelly, Tom (7 February 2008). "Dodi's American girlfriend". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Model claims Fayed jilted her for Diana". The Independent. 15 August 1997. 
  10. ^ Paul Webster and Stuart Millar "Diana verdict sparks Fayed appeal", The Guardian, 4 September 1999
  11. ^ Rayner, Gordon (7 April 2008). "Diana jury blames paparazzi and Henri Paul for her 'unlawful killing'". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Mohamed al-Fayed: The outsider The Independent, 6 October 2007
  13. ^ Diana and Dodi 'were engaged' BBC
  14. ^ "Jeweler: Diana, Dodi picked engagement ring – CNN". [dead link]
  15. ^ Harrods unveils Diana, Dodi statue, CNN, 1 September 2005.
  16. ^ Princes lead Diana remembrance BBC