** FILE ** Police take away the car in which Diana, Princess of Wales, died in this Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997 file photo taken in Paris, the car crash also killed her companion Dodi Fayed and the chauffeur. Princess Diana wrote in a letter months before her death that she feared someone was planning to kill her in a staged car accident, a London tabloid newspaper reported Monday Oct. 20, 2003. In excerpts from a forthcoming book by by Diana's one-time butler Paul Burrell, The Daily Mirror quoted the princess as writing that "this particular phase in my life is the most dangerous. "(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon) Image Credit: AP

Princess Diana dies in Paris car crash

1997 - Britain’s Princess Diana and her millionaire companion Dodi Al Fayed were killed when their car crashed while being chased through Paris by photographers on motorcycles. Diana, the world’s most photographed woman and divorced wife of the heir to the British throne, was rushed to the intensive care unit of the Salpetriere hospital in eastern Pans. But five hours after the crash, French Interior Minister Jean Pierre Chevenement said at the hospital that doctors had failed to save her life. The accident took place about 35 minutes past midnight while the Mercedes Benz carrying the princess was being pursued by press photographers.

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1997 Princess Diana dies in Paris car crash

Britain’s Princess Diana and her millionaire companion Dodi Al Fayed were killed when their car crashed while being chased through Paris by photographers on motorcycles. Diana, the world’s most photographed woman and divorced wife of the heir to the British throne, was rushed to the intensive care unit of the Salpetriere hospital in eastern Pans. But five hours after the crash, French Interior Minister Jean Pierre Chevenement said at the hospital doctors had failed to save her life. The accident took place about 35 minutes past midnight while the Mercedes Benz carrying the princess was being pursued by press photographers on motorcycles. The car was driving at the time through a tunnel at the Place de l’Alma, across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower. A badly damaged motorcycle was taken away from the accident site by police after the crash, which also killed the driver of the princess’s car. Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana’s ex-husband Prince Charles are “deeply shocked and distressed” by her death after a car crash in Paris, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.