French actor Gaspard Ulliel who stars in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight has died aged 37 in a skiing accident.
The star, who gained international attention for his portrayal of a young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising, was hospitalised after Tuesday’s accident in the Alps.
The father-of-one, who was also the face of the Chanel men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel, was not wearing a helmet when he crashed into another skier at the intersection of two blue slopes in the Rosiere resort in Savoie, France.
French actor Gaspard Ulliel who stars in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight has died aged 37 in a skiing accident (pictured on a previous skiing holiday)
The star gained international attention for his portrayal of a young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising (pictured with Rhys Ifans)
The French actor is also the face of Chanel’s male perfume Blue de Chanel (pictured)
The crash happened at the intersection of two blue slopes in the Rosiere resort in Savoie (pictured)
Ulliel suffered significant head trauma and was immediately transported via helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble where he died today as a result of his injuries.
The second skier in the crash did not suffer any major injuries and investigators said the weather conditions at the time were good.
His family confirmed the death in a statement given to AFP by his agent.
Ulliel won a Cesar – the French equivalent of an Oscar – for best actor in 2017 for It’s Only the End of the World in which he starred alongside Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux.
He had already taken home a Cesar in 2004 for most promising actor after appearing in the World War I drama A Very Long Engagement alongside Audrey Tautou.
Ulliel shares a five-year-old son with model-singer Gaëlle Piétri (pictured together in 2015)
The actor won a Cesar in 2004 for most promising actor after appearing in the World War I drama A Very Long Engagement (pictured)
Ulliel, who shares a five-year-old son with model-singer Gaëlle Piétri, and played Yves Saint Laurent in a 2014 biopic.
The mountain police service serving the site of the accident said it has been organizing five or six rescues per day in recent days as the snow has hardened.
In the neighbouring Haute-Savoie region, a five-year-old girl was killed 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.
Tributes poured in from shocked fans, politicians and celebrities around the world.
Ulliel suffered significant head trauma and was immediately hospitalised in Grenoble where he died as a result of his injuries
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.’
Cannes film festival director Thierry Fremaux said: ‘Gaspard belonged to this new generation of actors who were making tomorrow’s French cinema,.
‘He was equally brilliant and talented. He gave a lot and we’ll always remember him.’
A Disney spokesman also told Variety: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague Gaspard Ulliel.
‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time.’
France’s culture minister Roselyne Bachelot added: ‘Such a brilliant actor who was reaped by the sickle of death at the peak of his career.
‘For almost 20 years, he was present in our lives with magnificent performances.’
Ulliel was born just outside Paris on November 25, 1984 and picked up a small scar from a dog bite as a child.
He said it helped him because it looked like a dimple.
One of his directors described him as something of an enigma.
‘He’s a strange boy, difficult to penetrate,’ said Rodolphe Marconi, who directed him in one of his early films, The Last Day.
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 30 miles from where Ulliel was skiing.
Both were treated at Grenoble University Hospital.
The first trailer for the upcoming TV series Moon Knight was only released on Tuesday, starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.
The show will debut on the Disney Plus streaming service on March 30.
Ulliel plays the role of Anton Mogart, also known as Midnight Man, in the anticipated Marvel show, based on the comic character created by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin in 1975.