September 11, 1997 in Nation/World

Princess Di’s Driver Reportedly On Prozac

Compiled From Wire Services

The hotel employee driving Diana, Princess of Wales, had taken the anti-depressant drug Prozac in addition to drinking large amounts of alcohol at the time of the car accident that killed them both, the French prosecutors’ office said Wednesday.

The statement said that two drugs - fluoxetine and tiapridal - were found in the blood of the driver, Henri Paul. Fluoxetine, which was apparent in greater quantities, is the active ingredient in the anti-depressant best known as Prozac. Tiapride is often prescribed for the treatment of aggressiveness in alcoholics.

“Prudence in the use of these drugs is generally recommended for drivers of vehicles,” the office said.

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