The world was shocked and devastated when Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident in 1997. Princess Diana and her romantic interest, Mohamed Al-Fayed, were in Paris after spending nine days together aboard Fayed’s yacht on the French and Italian Riviera.
The driver, Henri Paul, was trying to avoid a herd of photographers following them, despite their attempt to throw off the paparazzi with a decoy car. Driver Henri Paul and Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed were both killed instantly in the crash, while Diana survived for a few hours before dying at La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital.
Over the years, the incident has continued to get news coverage. In 2017, a firefighter who arrived at the scene of the accident said that as they pulled her out of the vehicle, she said "My God, what’s happened?" It was only later that he found out the victim was Princess Diana, and that these would be her final words.
The firefighter Xavier Gourmelon said that he had to massage the princess’s heart after she stopped breathing. When she started breathing again he said, "It was a relief, of course, because as a first responder you want to save lives—and that’s what I thought I had done."
However, Diana was actually suffering from internal injuries including a severed pulmonary vein when she was transported to the La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital. Doctors worked to save her life but she was pronounced dead hours later on Aug. 31, 1997.