Remembering JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette 15 Years Later

On the anniversary of their tragic plane crash, we look back at the couple's romance

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Updated: Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 | 01:15 PM EDT

15 YEARS AGO

Over the weekend of July 16, 1999, one of the most famous couples of the '90s met a heartbreaking end. John F. Kennedy Jr. was flying his wife, Carolyn Bessette, and her sister, Lauren, to Martha's Vineyard when his plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all three passengers instantly. On the 15th anniversary of the accident, PEOPLE looks back at a romance cut short by tragedy.