|Born||Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Al-Fayed
15 April 1955
|Died||31 August 1997
Pont de l'Alma tunnel, Paris, France
|Cause of death||Car crash|
|Resting place||Fayed Estate, Oxted, Surrey|
|Alma mater||Collège Saint Marc
Institut Le Rosey
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
|Spouse(s)||Suzanne Gregard (m. 1986–87)|
|Relatives||Adnan Khashoggi (uncle)|
Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Muna'im Al-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 in a romantic relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales, with whom he died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.
Life and career
Fayed was born in Alexandria, Egypt and was the eldest son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods department store. His father was also the former owner of Fulham Football Club and the Hôtel Ritz Paris. His mother was Samira Khashoggi, sister of Saudi Arabian-born billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. Fayed was a student at Collège Saint Marc before attending the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. He also briefly attended Sandhurst. After completing his education, he served as an attaché at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in London.
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.
In 1986, Fayed married model Suzanne Gregard, but the couple divorced after eight months of marriage.
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. 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". She dropped the lawsuit shortly afterwards.
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 was wearing a seat belt.
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. Fayed's father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, has claimed that the couple were executed by MI6 agents. Fayed's former spokesman, Michael Cole, has claimed that the couple had become engaged before their deaths.
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. 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. The memorials were designed by 80-year-old Bill Mitchell, a close friend of Dodi's father's and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years.
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