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‘Moon Knight’ star Gaspard Ulliel dies at 37 in a ski accident

French actor Gaspard Ulliel, one of the actors of the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight was confirmed dead at age 37 after a skiing incident. Ulliel’s family confirmed on Wednesday to news agency Agence-France-Presse.

It was reported that the actor was skiing in the Savoie region at Rosiè ski resort on Tuesday. The preliminary investigation found that he collided with another skier at an intersection of two runs causing him to suffer from severe brain trauma. Ulliel was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble for an operation. However, he passed the following day.

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Actor Gaspard Ulliel arrives for the screening of the movie Eva at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin,Germany, Feb. 17, 2018. Image: Reuters/Axel Schmidt

The other victim of the collision was not hospitalized but is in investigation. Ulliel was set to appear in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight, which will start streaming on Disney+ on March 30. He was to debut as Anton Mogart/ Midnight Man, the villainous art thief. The series’ trailer released a day after news of his death.

Gaspard Ulliel is an acclaimed actor and model in France. In 2017, he won the best actor César Award, that is a French equivalent of an Oscar, in his role of a dying gay playwright in the drama film It’s Only the End of the World.

He also received a Lumières Award for his portrayal in a 2014 biopic of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. As a model, he appeared in men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel and the luxury brand Longchamp.

Many expressed their sympathy and commemorated him for his remarkable performance as an actor.

Xavier Dolan, who directed It’s Only the End of the World, also paid tribute to Ulliel with a touching post in French on Instagram. Dolan wrote: “This is unimaginable, senseless, and so pitiful to even think about writing these words. Your discreet laugh, your attentive eye. Your scar. Your talent. You’re listening. Your whispers, your kindness. Every feature of your person was actually made from a sparkly sweetness. It’s your whole being that transformed my life, a being that I loved deeply, and I will always love. I can’t say anything else, I’m drained, ringing by your departure.” (Translation from Instagram)


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Ulliel is survived by his girlfriend, French model and singer Gaëlle Pietri, and their 6-year-old son Orso. /TV


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