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Text of the doctors' statement announcing Diana's death

August 31, 1997
Web posted at: 3:06 a.m. EDT (0706 GMT)

PARIS (AFP) - The following is the official text signed by doctors Bruno Rioux and Philippe Pavie at the Paris' Pitie Salpetriere hospital on the cause of death:

"The Princess of Wales was the victim of a high speed car crash tonight in Paris. She was immediately taken by the Paris SAMU emergency services which carried out initial resuscitation

"On her arrival at Pitie Salpetriere hospital, she had massive chest injuries and hemorrhaging, followed rapidly by cardiac arrest.

"An emergency thoracectomy revealed a major wound on the left pulmonary vein.

"Despite closing this wound and two hours of external and then internal cardiac massage, circulation could not be reestablished and death occurred at 4 o'clock in the morning."

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