Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena'em Fayed
عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد
17 April 1955
|Died||31 August 1997 (aged 42)|
|Cause of death||Traffic collision|
|Resting place||Fayed Estate, Oxted, England|
|Known for||Romantic relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales|
(m. 1986; div. 1987)
Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena'em Fayed (//; Arabic: عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد, romanized: ʿImād ad-Dīn Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Munʿim al-Fāyid [ʕeˈmæːd ɪdˈdiːn mæˈħæmmæd ʕæbdelˈmenʕem elˈfæːjed], 17 April 1955 – 31 August 1997), better known as Dodi Fayed (Arabic: دودى الفايد [ˈduːdi]), was an Egyptian film producer and the son of billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed. He was the romantic partner of Diana, Princess of Wales, when they both died in a car crash in Paris, France on 31 August 1997.
Early life and career
Fayed was born in Alexandria 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 Fayed. Dodi's father was also the former owner of Fulham Football Club and the Hôtel Ritz Paris. Dodi's mother was the Saudi Arabian author Samira Khashoggi, the daughter of Muhammad Khashoggi and the niece of the Saudi 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 first cousin of the late Washington Post Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018.
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 only 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 after Fayed's death.
In the early 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 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 (10') 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 and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years. In January 2018, it was announced that the statue would be returned to the Al-Fayed family.
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