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People Staff
October 26, 2007 AT 05:00 PM EDT

On Aug. 31, 1997, Diana Spencer lost her life in a fatal car accident in Paris. Now more than 10 years after her death, photographer Damien Dalby revealed her last words for the first time: “Oh my God, oh my God,” was what Princess Diana, who was 36, repeated over and over again minutes after the Mercedes-Benz she was in with her boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed, lost control.

“There was smoke emanating from the vehicle. I wanted to stop the battery but I couldn’t,” the photographer told the judge during the London hearing for the judicial investigation of Princess Diana’s death, according to AFP news agency.

Dalby also shouted “She’s alive!” and asked for help from those arriving to the accident scene.

In December 2006, it was decided that the accident was the result of speeding and the drunken state of the driver, Henri Paul, who also died. But multimillionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, Dody’s father, believes the accident was the result of a conspiracy to take the couple’s lives.

The judicial investigation began Oct. 2 in London, and could last a maximum of six months.

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