Jill Dando was 37-years-old when she was murdered outside her west London home on 26 April 1999. She had spent the previous night at her fiancé’s home in Chiswick and was returning to her house in Fulham. It was 11.30 am and as she reached her front door, she was shot at close range in the side of her head, with a homemade replica of a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. A local resident found her body shortly afterwards and she was rushed to the nearby Charing Cross Hospital but announced dead on arrival at 1.03 pm.
Jill Dando was buried on 21 May 1999 at the Clarence Park Baptist Church in Somerset. On 28 September 1999 a memorial service was held for her, at which Sir John Birt, Director General of the BBC, gave a special address.