French actor Gaspard Ulliel, 37, dies after skiing accident | Entertainment News


LYON, France (AP) — French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for his appearances in Chanel perfume commercials as well as film and television roles, died Wednesday after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. He was 37 years old.

Ulliel portrayed young Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising” in 2007 and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the biopic “Saint Laurent” in 2014. He is also in the upcoming Marvel series “Moon Knight” and was the advertising face Chanel Bleu de Chanel men’s fragrance.

Ulliel was hospitalized on Tuesday after the accident in the Rosière ski area in Savoie, said the Savoie prosecutor’s office. The actor’s agent’s office said Ulliel died on Wednesday. He did not provide any details.

Local broadcaster France Bleu said Ulliel was hospitalized with a skull injury and apparently collided with another skier at a crossing point on the slopes. The other skier was not hospitalized, according to France Bleu. Police and prosecutors would not discuss details of the crash.

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Ulliel started on television while still in college and went on to win two of France’s biggest film awards, the Césars.

Tributes poured in from shocked fans and the halls of power. French Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted a tribute that read: “Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew with him. They were madly in love.”

The accident evoked memories of when Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher hit his head in a skiing accident in 2013 in the French ski resort of Méribel, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the where Ulliel used to ski. Both were treated at the Grenoble University Hospital.

Schumacher, 53, has not been seen in public for eight years and little has been released about his physical and mental condition. The German motor racing legend suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock at the edge of a marked incline. He was skiing with his teenage son on a family vacation in the Alps.

After Ulliel’s accident, the mountain police service at La Rosiere ski area said its staff were carrying out five or six rescues a day as the snow hardened in recent days.

In the neighboring region of Haute-Savoie, a 5-year-old girl was killed on Saturday when a skier hit her. The man was indicted for manslaughter, according to the prosecutor of Haute-Savoie, who cited excessive speed as the probable cause of the accident.

Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to it.

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