Diana Princess of Wales-August 31, 1997 (Age 36)
This one was it, folks, the mother of all celebrity deaths. This one started it all and it had it all. Celebrity, royalty, illicit love, infidelity, drunken Euro trash behavior, paparazzi and finally CONSPIRACY THEORIES. Diana's death (murder? assassination?) whatever you want to call it set the benchmark for over the top circus like coverage in a 24/7 media universe.
The death of Diana revealed to the entire world that the United Kingdom somehow, completely under our radar, had turned from a once brave and proud nation into a land of lachrymose, teddy bear and flower shrine making, sniveling crybabies with uncontrollable grief over a woman who in real life most likely didn't give two shits about them. The Brits got so crazed with their anguish they demanded that their queen shred her royal stiff upper lip dignity and pretend that she was a heartbroken as they were over someone she clearly loathed. It was a pitiful and embarrassing display all around.
As to the ensuing conspiracy nonsense, I'm not going to rehash it here because frankly it just gives me a big headache. There are plenty of places to find the info if you so desire and have no life.
Death caused by blunt force trauma due to a drunk driving accident.
Amazingly, the bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones survived this. Diana, boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul all perished.