Famous French actor Gaspard Ulliel has died after skiing in the French Alps, a mountainous region still reeling from the death of a 5-year-old girl a few days earlier.
French television channel France Bleu reports that Ulliel collided with another skier on Tuesday while visiting the resort of La Rosiere in the Savoie region of southeastern France. He remained hospitalized in nearby Grenoble until he succumbed to severe head trauma following his operation on Wednesday.
Ulliel’s death is the second in the French Alps in less than a week. The Dauphine Libere The newspaper reports that on January 15, a 5-year-old girl was killed in the Haute-Savoie region, located south of Savoie. Like the actor, the girl’s death was caused by a collision with another skier.
A man involved in the previous collision, who has not been publicly identified, has received preliminary charges of manslaughter, the Associated Press reported.
It is unclear whether the skier who collided with Ulliel, who did not sustain injuries, will be charged in the same way.
The inquest into Ulliel’s death is expected to focus primarily on the resort’s snow conditions. Mountain policemen said The Independent that “five or six rescues a day” must have been carried out in the area in the last few weeks before the actor’s death.
Ulliel was mainly known in his native France, through films such as A very long commitment and It’s only the end of the world, for which he won Caesars, according to France Bleu.
He crossed the global sphere with Hannibal rising, as well as through its campaigns for Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel cologne, the AP added. He will be last seen in the Disney+ series moon knight for Marvel Studios.
“Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew with him,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted. “They loved each other madly. It is with a heavy heart that we will no longer see his most beautiful performances. We have lost a French actor.”
“Every feature of your person was in fact made of a scintillating sweetness. It was your whole being that transformed my life, a being that I loved deeply and will always love,” wrote It’s only the end of the world director Xavier Dolan on Instagram. “I can’t say anything else, I’m drained, ringing your departure.”
“Gaspard was part of the young generation shaping the future of French cinema. He has always known how to choose his films and determine the direction of his career, which has never ceased to be full of promise,” declared the director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Fremaux. in a report. “He gave so much and we will never forget him.”