Vale Mohamed Al-Fayed
The Egyptian billionaire’s family say he “passed away peacefully of old age” on 30 August, at 94yo. A self-made businessman who started out in fizzy drink and sewing machine sales, Al-Fayed was known for being the former owner of the luxury London department store Harrods and Fulham football club. But it was his late son Dodi’s relationship with Princess Diana that made his name recognisable around the world… Reports have noted that Al-Fayed died within a day of the 26th anniversary of Dodi and Diana’s fatal car crash in Paris. After the couple’s deaths, a grieving Al-Fayed fell out with the Royal Family over his accusations they were behind the crash – something that was disproven. A former Harrods executive, Michael Cole, paid tribute to Al-Fayed over the weekend, calling him “fascinating, larger than life, full of great humanity”. He said Al-Fayed has been entombed next to his son.
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