Gaspard Ulliel dead at 37 – Marvel's Moon Knight actor suddenly passes away as cause of death revealed as ski accident

FRENCH actor Gaspard Ulliel, who plays the leading role in a new Marvel TV series has died aged 37 after a fatal skiing accident, his family confirmed today.

Ulliel was already in the top rank of French actors, and gained international attention for his performance as the famous cannibal in "Hannibal Rising" in 2007.

He also had a leading role as Midnight Man in the new Marvel TV series "Moon Knight" starring Oscar Isaac, which launches on Disney+ in March.

His family confirmed the death — which followed a skiing accident in southeast France on Tuesday — in a statement given to AFP by his agent.

A spokesperson from the ski station said another skier crashed into Ulliel at the meeting of two slopes. He was then airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble where he sadly died on Wednesday, the agent said.

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    Who is Gaspard Ulliel's partner Gaëlle Piétri?

    Gaëlle Piétri was discovered as a model during a competition in Corsica and went to Paris, according to Gala.fr. 

    In 2004, she obtained a deal with Elite International and began modeling for companies like Garnier. 

    Due to her frequent travel, she was unable to commit herself entirely to her studies, so she dropped out and began modeling full-time. 

    She began to be featured in magazine fashion shoots or television advertisements for brands like Dim, Diesel, Carte Noire coffee, and Bourjois mascara. 

    She has managed to maintain a modeling career for over 15 years, which is unusual in such a fleeting industry.

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    French officials pay tribute to Gaspard

    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said: "French cinema is losing a huge talent, full of charm and energy."

    And one of Ulliel's directors described the actor as something of an enigma.

    Rodolphe Marconi, who directed one of his early films, The Last Day, said: "He's a strange boy, difficult to penetrate.

    "He surely has a crack, the day it opens, it will hurt."

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    French PM leads tributes to Ulliel

    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 with him. They loved each other madly.

    "It is with a heavy heart that we will now see his most beautiful interpretations and meet this certain look. We are losing a French actor."

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    Rising French star Gaspard the face of Marvel's Moon Knight series

    Gaspard Ulliel is also starring in the upcoming Marvel series, Moon Knight, as the antagonist to the titular character.

    On the show, Ulliel will play the Midnight Man, the villainous adversary of the superhero, Moon Knight.

    Moon Knight is scheduled for a March 30, 2022 release.

    The program will consist of six episodes and will be available on the Disney+ streaming service.

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    More about Gaspard Ulliel

    Gaspard Ulliel is familiar to audiences for his appearances in Hannibal Rising, Saint Laurent, A Very Long Engagement, and It's Only the End of the World.

    Ulliel is a recipient of a number of French acting awards.

    He won the Cesar Award in 2004 for Most Promising Actor for his performance in A Very Long Engagement.

    The Moon Knight actor also won the Best Actor Cesar Award in 2017 for his role in It's Only the End of the World

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    Gaspard Ulliel's accident on the slopes

    According to reports, the actor collided with another skier at a crossing point on the slopes.

    Ulliel was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble following the horror collision – but the other skier involved was not taken to hospital.

    An investigation is now under way into the tragic accident, the Savoie prosecutor’s office said.

    Mountain cops have reportedly been responding to multiple accidents in the region in recent days due to hard snow and ice on the slopes.

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    What did Gaspard Ulliel star in?

    Ulliel was already in the top rank of French actors, and gained international attention for his performance as the famous cannibal in "Hannibal Rising" in 2007.

    He also had a leading role as Midnight Man in the new Marvel TV series "Moon Knight" starring Oscar Isaac, which launches on Disney+ in March.

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