Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#25 Princess Diana

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Born: July 1st, 1961

Died: August 31st, 1997

Age at death: 36

Cause of death: Car crash

Princess Diana died in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris while the driver was fleeing from paparazzi. The crash also resulted in the deaths of Princess Diana’s companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver, Henri Paul, who was the acting security manager of the Hôtel Ritz Paris. The lone survivor of the crash was Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones.

Princess Diana was the first wife of Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne. She’s also the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. While her activism and glamour brought her global fame, her tumultuous private life made her the subject of unprecedented public scrutiny.

Interesting facts about BTS
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