French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has died after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office.
Ulliel was 37.
He portrayed the young Hannibal Lecter in 2007’s Hannibal Rising and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic Saint Laurent.
He is also in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight and was the advertising face of the Chanel men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel.
Ulliel was hospitalised on Tuesday after the accident in the Savoie region’s Rosiere ski area, the Savoie prosecutor’s office said.
The office of the actor’s agent said Ulliel died on Wednesday.
It provided no details.
Local broadcaster France Bleu said Ulliel was hospitalised with a skull injury, and that he apparently collided with another skier at a crossing point on the slopes.
The other skier was not hospitalised, according to France Bleu.
Police and prosecutors would not discuss details of the accident.
Ulliel started in television while still in middle school and went on to win two of France’s top cinema awards, the Cesar.
Tributes poured in from shocked fans and the corridors of power.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted an homage that said, “Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew up with him. They loved each other madly.”
The accident conjured up memories of when Formula One great Michael Schumacher hit his head in a ski accident in 2013 in the French ski resort of Meribel, about 50km from where Ulliel was skiing.
Both were treated at Grenoble University Hospital.
Schumacher, 53, has not been seen in public in eight years, and little has been released about his physical and mental condition.
The German car racing legend suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock off the side of a demarcated slope.
He was skiing with his teenage son while on a family holiday in the Alps.
After Ulliel’s accident, the mountain police service for the Rosiere ski area said its personnel have been carrying out five or six rescues per day as the snow hardened in recent days.
In the neighbouring Haute-Savoie region, a five-year-old girl was killed on Saturday when a skier crashed into her.
The man was handed preliminary manslaughter charges, according to the Haute-Savoie prosecutor, who cited excessive speed as the likely reason for the accident.
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