Prince Rainier III

 

 

Age: 81

 

Summary: Monacan prince whose 1956 storybook marriage to American actress Grace Kelly helped to promote the transformation of his tiny fiefdom from a pastel postage-stamp fantasy on the Mediterranean into a steel-and-glass tax haven, who was Europe's longest-reigning monarch where he ran his country with an iron hand and police surveillance, in which there was virtually no crime and no unemployment, but Princess Grace was killed in an auto accident in 1982 and whose son and heir Prince Albert took over as regent when his father became incapacitated in March 2005.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cardiorespiratory failure

 

Born: May 31, 1923

 

Died: April 6, 2005

 

Location: Monaco