Oprah said John struck her as timeless and statuesque. "He has such wonderful presence," she said. "He feels calm. Even though I know that he was nervous, he feels in control."
Look back at Oprah's 1996 interview with John
On July 16, 1999, John; his wife, Carolyn; and her sister, Lauren Bessette, boarded a small airplane piloted by John. They were set to fly from New Jersey to the Kennedy family home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, for a wedding.
Hours later, news broke that their light aircraft had gone missing and rescuers were on the scene. Almost a week later, the plane's wreckage was found. There were no survivors.
Oprah says she's thought often about the deaths of John, Carolyn and Lauren. "I know that all death is here to teach us about life," she says. "It made me think about ... how to live more presently in the now."
Oprah reflects on her interview with America's prince of Camelot