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Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed ( in Arabic) known as Dodi Fayed (April 15, 1955–August 31, 1997), was an Egyptian multi-millionaire and film producer. He is best known internationally as the romantic partner of Diana, Princess of Wales at the time of both their deaths, and as the executive producer of the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire (1981).

Early life

Born in Alexandriamarker, Egyptmarker, Fayed was the son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed ( ), the owner of British department store Harrodsmarker, Fulham Football Club, and the Hôtel Ritz Parismarker. His mother was Samira Kashoggi sister of Turkish Saudi-born arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.

Fayed was a student at Collège Saint Marc before attending the Institut Le Roseymarker in Switzerland. He also briefly attended Sandhurstmarker.

Career

In addition to being the executive producer of Chariots of Fire (1981), Fayed was also the executive producer of Breaking Glass (1980), F/X (1986), F/X2 (1991), Hook (1993), and The Scarlet Letter (1995). He also served as the Executive Creative Consultant for the F/X television series.

Fayed also worked for his father on Harrods' marketing.

Diana, Princess of Wales

"Innocent Victims", the second of two memorials in Harrods.
In 1997, Fayed was romantically involved with Diana, Princess of Wales. In the early hours of August 31 of that year, the couple died in a car crashmarker in a Paris underpass. Neither he nor Diana were wearing a seatbelt, and Henri Paul, the driver of their limousine, was under the influence of alcohol. The couple were also being chased by the press. Dodi's father Mohamed Al-Fayed claimed that the couple were executed by MI6marker agents. Al-Fayed's former spokesman Michael Cole has claimed that the couple had become engaged before their deaths. Their relationship and death are documented in the 2007 television movie Diana: Last Days of a Princess.

He was originally interred in Brookwood Cemeterymarker near Woking, Surreymarker but was moved to the Fayed Estate in Oxtedmarker, Surreymarker.

Memorials

Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed in Harrods.
Fayed's father has erected two memorials to Dodi and Diana at Harrods. The first, unveiled on April 12, 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. The second, unveiled in 2005 and titled "Innocent Victims", is an 8ft 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 Mr Al-Fayed and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years.

See also



References

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


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