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Family says arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi dies at 81

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/06/2017
FILE - In this April 4, 1990 file photo, Adnan Khashoggi arrives at Manhatten Federal Court, New York. Saudi arms dealer Khashoggi, once one of the world's richest men who was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair, has died. He was 81 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, it was reported on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 4, 1990 file photo, Adnan Khashoggi arrives at Manhatten Federal Court, New York. Saudi arms dealer Khashoggi, once one of the world's richest men who was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair, has died. He was 81 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, it was reported on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo, File)

LONDON — Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, once one of the world's richest men who was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair, has died. He was 81 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.

A statement from his family says Khashoggi died in London on Tuesday.

Khashoggi was notorious for his lavish lifestyle. He was estimated to be worth some $4 billion at the peak of his wealth in the 1970s.

Khashoggi was a man of connections. His nephew Dodi Fayed was Princess Diana's paramour.

His family says he "combined commercial acumen with an over-riding loyalty to his country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His work always furthered the interests of his country."

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