Lij Samson, a grandson of Haile Selassie, died at 28 or 29. According to biographer Haggai Erlich:

In July 1963 one of his grandsons, Lij Samson, was killed. The prince drove recklessly after a night in Addis Ababa's bars and crashed his automobile.

His life is summed up in an online genealogy:

Dejazmatch Samson Beyene. b. at Addis Ababa, 1934, educ. Columbia Univ, Ithaca, New York, USA. Taken to Italy and confined there by the Italians in 1936. Released and returned to Ethiopia 1943. Consul-General New York 1956-1959, Counselor Ethiopian legation Stockholm 1959-1960, Charges d’Affaires Stockholm 1960-1963. m. at Addis Ababa, 1959 Woizero Koremtit Andargatchew (b. at London, 3rd December 1939; m. second, Captain Haile Girmai, and d. at London, 29th December 2012, leaving further issue), daughter of H.E. Ras Andargatchew Masai, sometime Viceroy of Eritrea, by his first wife, Woizero Sergut. He was k. in a car crash, 10th July 1963, having had issue, an only son....

In what model of car did he die?

  • I had not realized that Columbia University was in Ithaca. That makes me a little suspicious of the extract.
    – Jon Custer
    Jan 10 '20 at 17:04
  • @JonCuster Nice catch. Jan 10 '20 at 17:59
  • Samson Beyene did attend Columbia, which has some material of/on/by him in its archival photo collection, and he did die in a car crash on July 10, 1963. A very brief article on page 9 of the July 11, 1963 Times headlined "Emperor's Nephew Killed in Crash" ("from our correspondent") and datelined Addis Ababa, July 10 reads: "Prince Samson Beyene, nephew [sic] of Emperor Hailé Selassie, was killed in a car accident early this morning. He was returning from Debrezeit, 30 miles from Addis Ababa." No further details.
    – shoover
    Nov 14 '20 at 3:18
  • But obviously Columbia is in NYC, not in Ithaca.
    – shoover
    Nov 14 '20 at 3:18
  • There may be something in the Ethiopia Herald archives, if they exist. Surely the death of a member of the royal family should have made the news at least locally.
    – shoover
    Nov 14 '20 at 3:22

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