Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa on August 31, 1997 · 1
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Our Readers' Choice poll: Here's what people think make the Q-C great! i(mw r Mostly sunny mm SO 66 Details: 3A 2 1 i v jSUNDAkAu 31, 1997 Cyclones fall in "- opener, against OSU Details: IS $2.00" C3 n Boyfriend and chauffeur also are killed trying to elude paparazzi in Paris tunnel PARIS (AP) Britain's Princess Diana, who had been struggling to build a new public and private life after her turbulent divorce, was killed early today along with her companion, Dodi Fayed, in a car crash as their car was being pursued by photographers on motorcycles. The 36-year-old princess died at 4 a.m. (9 p.m. CDT Saturday) after going into cardiac arrest, doctors said. The crash happened shortly after midnight in a tunnel along the Seine River at the Pont de l'Alma bridge, less than a half-mile north of the Eiffel Tower in central Paris. It came as paparazzi the commercial photographers who constantly tail Diana followed her Mercedes on motorcycles, police said. France's interior minister, Jean-Pierre Chevenement, said Diana's car was traveling at 60 mph through the narrow tunnel. French radio said that the driver lost control of the car, hitting the wall of the tunnel. . Five photographers were in custody, police said, and a criminal investigation was under way. France Info radio said at least some of the photographers took pictures before help arrived and that one of the photographers was beaten at the scene by horrified witnesses. Diana and Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, separated in 1992 after 11 years of marriage and divorced last year. Their children, Princes William, 15, and Harry, 12, were informed of their mother's death by their father at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, where the royal family traditionally spend their summer holidays. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles said that were "deeply shocked and distressed by this terrible news" of the death of Diana, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. President Clinton said he was "profoundly saddened" by the death of Princess Diana. "Hillary and I knew Princess Diana, and we were very fond of her. We are profoundly saddened by this tragic event," Clinton said in a statement from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he's vacationing. Clinton said his thought and that of his V 'gMftt-' 1 - Jj-i Fayed ... dead W, . .4 ; 0 ., I ASSOCIATED PHESS Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodl Fayed were riding In this Mercedes that crashed on a Paris highway. wife were with Diana's family, friends "and especially her children." Diana's death from cardiac arrest came after she suffered heavy internal bleeding in the early-morning accident. Her death was announced at a 6 a.m. hospital news conference by Dr. Bruno Riou, an anesthesiologist. The high-speed pursuit ended in a crash in the tunnel that trapped several people in a pileup. The force of the crash crumpled the roof of the Mercedes to door-high level. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was awakened with news of the accident, said he was "shocked and saddened" by the "devastating, appalling tragedy," a Downing Street spokesman said. Fayed, the 42-year-old son of the billionaire Egyptian owner of London's prestigious Harrod's department store, also was killed in the accident, along with the chauffeur. His father, Mohamed Al Fayed, was on his way to Paris, said his spokesman, Michael Cole. France Info reported the chauffeur was a security agent at the Hotel Ritz, owned by Mohamed Al Fayed. The fourth person in the car, a body guard, was seriously injured in the crash. Diana died at the Hospital de la Pitie Salpetriere in south-central Paris. Before news of the death, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman in London said Prince Charles, now in Balmoral, Scotland, had been informed of the accident. "We are aware of this awful accident but we are awaiting further details about what has happened," the spokeswoman said. American tourists Tom Richardson and Joanna Luz were among the first on the scene. They told CNN they were walking nearby when they heard the crash and ran into the tunnel. The car Diana was in "looked like it hit a wall," said Richardson, of San Diego. "There was smoke. I think the car hit a wall. A man started running towards us telling us to go." Luz said: "The horn was sounding for about two minutes. I think it was the driver against the steering wheel." Dodi Fayed's and Princess Diana's close friendship became clear to the outside world over the past five weeks, as the couple took a series of holidays together in the Mediterranean. Newspapers reported Diana first met Dodi Fayed almost 10 years ago when he and Prince Charles played polo on opposing teams. Films he has produced or co-produced include the 1981 Oscar-winning "Chariots of Fire," "The World According toGarp," "FX" and "Hook." On Aug. 21, Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed flew to the French Mediterranean resort of St. Tropez for their third holiday together in five weeks. In the first week of August, British newspapers speculated that Dodi Fayd and Diana were in love. On Aug. 10 a tabloid newspaper published blurred pictures of the couple kissing. INSIDE: 3A A look back at her life in pictures Fayed lived like a prince, died with a princess Celebrities lash out at paparazzi 1 X V- il Princess Diana, 1961-1997 Her life July 1, 1961: Lady Diana Frances Spencer is born, the daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer. July 29, 1981: Diana marries Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, at St. Paul's Cathedral, while millions watched the "fairy tale wedding." He is 12 years her senior. June 21, 1982: Prince William Arthur Philip I Louis is born. Sept. 15, 1984: Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David) is born. June 15, 1992: After months of speculation about the state of the royal marriage, Andrew : Morton's book "Diana: Her True Story" says Charles has had a longtime affair with a married woman, Camilla Parker Bowles, driving Diana to injure herself and attempt suicide. Aug. 25, 1992: The Sun newspaper prints a transcript of a phone call monitored in December 1989 between Diana and a man who affectionately calls her "Squidgy." Dec. 9, 1992: Prime Minister John Major announces to Parliament that Diana and Charles are separating but there are no plans for divorce. Jan. 12, 1993: The Sun publishes a tran- '. script of an intimate phone call said to be between Camilla and Charles, reportedly monitored December 1989. June 29, 1994: In a TV documentary, Charles says he had committed adultery after the marriage broke down, "us both having tried." Oct. 3, 1994: Anna Pasternak's book "Princess in Love" says Diana had a five-year affair with her riding instructor James Hewitt. Nov. 20, 1995: In a television interview Diana admits adultery with Hewitt. " . August 1995: Reports link Diana and rugby star Will Carling. Carting and his wife separate Sept. 29. December 1995: Charles receives a letter from Queen Elizabeth II urging divorce, and he agrees. Feb. 28, 1996: Diana agrees to divorce. - Aug. 28, 1 996: Final decree of divorce Aug. 31, 1997: Diana is killed in an automobile accident in Paris. Her companion, Dodi : Fayed, also is killed. The Associated Press NEWS OF THE TIMES INDEX Ann Landers 7T Baseball 3S Bonanza Bill 2M Business 8M-11M Classified. . . 11M-12M, 1C-14C Crossword 2E Entertainment 1E-6E Home & Garden 1H-10H Horoscope 5T Lottery 2A Movies 3E Nation 3A-4A, 8A-9A Obituaries 4M Opinion 6A-7A Outdoors 12S Plus 60 8T Record , 2M Sports 1S-12S State 11A-13A Travel & Style 1T-8T Weather 3A World 5A Wundram 2A '18 34 Of 0020 Coupons take a holiday Because of the Labor Day weekend, there are no national advertising coupons in today's edilfcns of the Quad-City Times. , I' OPINION Long association comes to end When Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar met the media, press secretary and senior policy aide Mike Lawrence, far left, often hovered off to the side. For almost 10 years, the former Quad-Citian has been at Edgar's side. Now he shares his observations on the governor's decision not to run for office and a behind-the-scenes look at theicjong time association. OpInKJ.i: 6A Q-C AREA Tiny recipient of 7 organs dies After recuperating ever-so-gradually for six weeks from a rare seven-organ transplant, 2'i-year-old Samantha of Bennett, Iowa, has died. Story: 2A j- i Samantha COMING TOMORROW Q-C AREA: As Labor Day approaches, business reporter Bill Jacobs talks with area leaders about recent developments that have given the labor movement hope for a resur-' gence that could remake the American workplace. SPORTS: Don Doxsie reports on "the broadcast bowl" as Mike Ditka and Dick Vermeil make their returns to coaching from the broadcast booth together in an NFL season opener at St. Louis.

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