AceShowbiz - Gaspard Ulliel has passed away. The actor portraying Anton Mogart on Marvel's upcoming "Moon Knight" tragically died following a fatal ski accident in southeastern France. He was 37 years old.
The actor's death was confirmed to the Associated Press by his agent's office. He was in the Savoie region's Rosiere ski area when the accident occurred, according to the Savoie prosecutor's office.
As explained by Albertville prosecutor Anne Gaches, whose office conducted the investigation into the incident, the accident took place on Tuesday, January 18, at 4:00 P.M. in the ski area of the La Rosiere resort in Montvalezan. Anne further shared that Gaspard collided with another skier on top of the blue slope Tetras after turning left, presumably to join his friends on another track.
Anne added that "a judicial investigation was immediately entrusted to the CRS Alpes, Albertville detachment, by the Albertville prosecutor's office." Based on the initial testimonies and findings, she stated that it seemed both skiers "fell to the ground." When help arrived, she continued, Gaspard was found "motionless" and "unconscious" while the other skier was found "unharmed."
A media spokesperson for La Rosiere ski resort said, "Ski patrol rescue and an in-house resort doctor were called for help and immediately arrived onto the scene following the accident." The doctor then called a helicopter, the spokesperson added, to transport Gaspard to the University Hospital of Grenoble.
Anne further shared that Gaspard was pronounced dead by the doctor of the resuscitation service at the hospital shortly after 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 19. The French actor is survived by his girlfriend, model Gaelle Pietri, as well as their 6-year-old son, Orso.
Gaspard's tragic death arrived one day after the debut of the trailer for "Moon Knight", the new miniseries featuring the actor alongside Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke set to premiere in March. Even though Gaspard has appeared in American productions before, "Moon Knight" would have probably exposed him to one of his largest audiences yet.
Upon learning of his passing, a spokesperson from Marvel said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague Gaspard Ulliel." The rep added, "Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time."
In the meantime, Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival, mourned, "Gaspard belonged to this new generation of actors who were making tomorrow's French cinema." He went on saying, "He knew how to select his roles and shaped his career which filled every promise."
"Each appearance on the red carpet, from 'La Princesse de Montpensier' to 'It's Only the End of the World' illustrated his presence, both discreet and full of kindness," Thierry praised the late actor. He further gushed, "He was equally brilliant and talented. He gave a lot and we'll always remember him."
Also mourning the death of the Cesar-winning actor was French Prime Minister Jean Castex. "Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew with him. They loved each other madly," tweeted the politician. "It is with a heavy heart that we will no longer see his most beautiful interpretations. We have lost a French actor."