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AP Photographer Rene Maestri Dies at 80

March 5, 2003

PARIS (AP) _ Rene Maestri, an Associated Press photographer who chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of the royal family of Monaco, has died. He was 80.

Maestri, who joined AP in 1958 and retired in 1983, died on Feb. 27 in Monaco, his family said.

Maestri covered Monaco’s defining moment: the marriage of American actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier in 1956. He also helped document royal benchmarks that followed, including the births of their three children and Princess Caroline’s wedding in 1978.

The photographer also covered the family’s greatest tragedy, the death of Princess Grace after a car wreck on Sept. 14, 1982.

Maestri also was known as a specialist on the Formula One auto races in Monte Carlo. His photos of the crash of Italian driver Lorenzo Bandini at the 1967 Grand Prix were on the front pages of newspapers worldwide.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at the Sainte-Devote church in Monaco, along the route of the annual Grand Prix race.

Maestri is survived by a wife and two daughters.

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