The Most Famous Drug-Related Death?
Posted by Childress on June 2, 2006
So many of the famous have died from drugs — rockers like Hendrix, Morrison and Joplin, actors like Balushi, Candy and Phoenix, not to mention all the common everyday wonderful people.
Who's the most famous of all?
Certainly in recent times, it is Princess Diana.
Princess Diana? Of course! She was killed with Dodi Al Fayed and their chauffeur Henri Paul on August 31, 1997, and French authorities have blamed the death on Paul, saying he lost control of the car because he had been drinking, using prescription drugs and … as is often the case with that combination .. was driving too fast.
The French news service AFP reports that the investigation, now nearly nine years old, is continuing:
The probe into the Paris car crash that killed Princess Diana is benefiting from a computer-generated reconstruction and is making "extraordinary" headway, the top investigator said in remarks published Friday.
Sir John Stevens told the Daily Express that revolutionary technology has allowed police to construct a virtual reality film of what happened when Diana left her hotel in Paris in August 1997 until the time the car crashed.
"We're using the latest technology that the French didn't have obviously seven or eight years ago. Even they're impressed by what we're doing," said Stevens, a former head of London's Metropolitan Police.
"We can use reality television in terms of what the car did, how it performed on that day — the forensic side of this has advanced massively," he was quoted as saying.
The video reconstruction will be part of a preliminary report presented to the royal coroner in August. It is yet to be decided whether it will ever be presented to the public, the newspaper said.
Stevens added that it was "quite extraordinary how things are advancing," according to the newspaper.
"We've got new witnesses and we're going through new techniques and the rest of it and we're just absolutely determined to make sure that this is a thorough job and we're not going to be hurried into it," Stevens said.
No matter what the film finds, it won't take the booze and pills out of Paul's body.