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Hannibal Rising And Marvel Star Gaspard Ulliel Dies At 37 In Tragic Skiing Accident

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Hannibal Rising And Marvel Star Gaspard Ulliel Dies At 37 In Tragic Skiing Accident

French actor Gaspard Ulliel has died in a tragic skiing accident at just 37 years old.

The Hannibal Rising and upcoming Marvel star was holidaying in France's southeast and reportedly died following a collision with another skier.

France Bleu says the two skiers slammed into each other at the intersection of two runs at the La Rosière ski resort.

Ulliel was taken to hospital for treatment for major head trauma, but later died. The other skier reportedly did not need hospital treatment.

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Credit: Alamy
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The actor's biggest credit for Western audiences was Hannibal Rising, which was a 2007 psychological horror film that served as a prequel to Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal.

Gaspard played the titular role of Hannibal Lector in the film.

However, his notoriety in his home country was far larger.

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He won two César Awards, which Buzzfeed says are the French equivalent of an Academy Award.

He received the first for Promising Actor in the 2004 film A Very Long Engagement and the second for his role as a dying gay playwright in It's Only the End of the World.

Ulliel also won a Lumières Award for starring in the biopic about Yves Saint Laurent.

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Tributes have been pouring in for the actor, with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire writing on Twitter: "French cinema has lost a huge talent, full of charm and energy."

French Prime Minister Jean Castex added: "Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew with him. They loved each other madly. It is with a heavy heart that we will no longer see his most beautiful interpretations. We have lost a French actor."

The actor's profile in Hollywood was set to skyrocket this year after being cast in Marvel's upcoming series Moon Knight.

Starring alongside the likes of Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, Gaspard was cast as the villainous art thief Anton Mogart/Midnight Man for the series.

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The first trailer for the programme dropped this week and the show is set to debut on March 30.

Featured Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity

Stewart Perrie
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