Former Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed has died aged 94, almost 26 years to the day after the death of his son Dodi in a car crash in Paris alongside Diana, Princess of Wales.
In a statement released by Fulham FC, of which Mr Fayed was chairman for more than a decade, his family said: “Mrs Mohamed al-Fayed, her children and grandchildren wish to confirm that her beloved husband, their father and their grandfather, Mohamed, has passed away peacefully of old age on Wednesday August 30, 2023. He enjoyed a long and fulfilled retirement surrounded by his loved ones.”
Mr Fayed’s funeral has already taken place at the Regent’s Park Mosque in London, according to reports.
Born in Egypt, Mr Fayed was a businessman in the Middle East before moving to the UK in the 1970s.
He took control of Harrods in 1985, and purchased the Ritz hotel in Paris in 1979. He was also the owner of Fulham FC between 1997 and 2013, when he sold it to current owner Shahid Khan. He was married twice and had five children.