HANNIBAL Rising star Gaspard Ulliel has died after sustaining a severe head injury in a horror skiing accident in the Alps.
The 37-year-old model and actress was taken to hospital in serious condition following an incident at the La Rosière ski resort in the Savoie region on Tuesday.
According to local broadcaster France Bleu, Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume advertisements as well as film and television roles, suffered a serious head injury in the accident.
The star, who shares a five-year-old son with model Gaëlle Piétri, was airlifted to hospital in Grenoble following the horrific collision.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, he could not be saved and was pronounced dead at 4pm.
His family confirmed his death in a statement on Wednesday.
According to reports, the French actor was not wearing his helmet when he crashed into another skier at a ramp crossing.
The second person involved was not seriously injured and an investigation is currently underway into the tragic accident, the Savoie prosecutor’s office said.
A witness to the tragedy told investigators the conditions were good and “not dangerous”. Other adults chose to ski without helmets.
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In a statement, Albertville prosecutor Anne Gaches said: “Gaspard Ulliel collided with another skier on top of a blue track called Tetras.
“He just branched to the left, presumably to join his friends who are running on the Gellinotte track.”
Witnesses said the two skiers “both fell to the ground”.
“When help arrived, Gaspard Ulliel was motionless, unconscious in the snow. The other skier was unharmed,” she said.
The mountain police are said to have responded to numerous accidents in the area in recent days due to the hard ice and snow on the slopes.
Ulliel played young Hannibal Lecter in 2007’s Hannibal Rising and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic Saint Laurent.
TESTING ON SLOPES
The father of a child is also from the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight and he is the face of Chanel’s men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel.
The first trailer for Moon Knight was released only on Tuesday and will launch on the Disney Plus streaming service on March 30.
Ulliel won the Cesar Award – the French equivalent of the Oscar – for best actor in 2017 for Just the World’s End, in which he starred alongside Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux.
He took home the Cesar Award in 2004 for most promising actor after appearing in the World War I television series A Very Long Engagement alongside Audrey Tautou.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex led tributes to Ulliel following the star’s death.
He said: “Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew up with him. They fell madly in love.
“With a heavy heart, we will now get to see his finest interpretations and catch this sure look. We are losing a French actor.”
‘CHARGE AND ENERGY’
“French cinema is losing a huge talent, full of charm and energy,” said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.
And one of Ulliel’s directors described the actor as something of a mystery.
Rodolphe Marconi, director of one of his first films, The Last Day, said: “He was a strange boy, difficult to penetrate.
“He definitely has a fissure, the day it opens, it’s going to hurt.”
The tragic accident recalls the time when Formula One great Michael Schumacher was hit on the head in a horrific ski crash in 2013 at the French resort of Meribel – about a block from where Ulliel was skiing. 30 km.
Schumacher, 53, has not appeared in public for eight years, and little is known about his physical and mental condition.
The German racing legend suffered a severe head injury when he fell and hit his right head on a rock on the side of a slope.
Ulliel’s death came after a Five-year-old girl killed on Saturday when a skier crashed into her.
The man was charged with manslaughteraccording to prosecutor Haute-Savoie, who said excessive speed was a likely cause of the crash.
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