French actor Gaspard Ulliel passed away this month following a skiing accident. He died at the same hospital Michael Schumacher went to following his skiing accident in 2013.
"Moon Knight" star Gaspard Ulliel left his six-year-old son fatherless after a tragic skiing accident in the Alps took the actor's life on January 19, 2022. He was only 37 years old.
On Tuesday, January 18, Ulliel was skiing at La Rosière resort when he collided with another skier on a slope. According to Anne Gaches, the Savoie prosecutor in Albertville, both skiers fell after the collision.
Gaspard Ulliel at the 45th Deauville American Film Festival, 2019, Deauville, France [Left]. Michael Schumacher at the Vodafone Race on Piazza Duomo in Milan during the preview to the Italian F1 Grand Prix, 2005, Monza, Italy [Right] | Photo: Getty Images
The other skier was not unharmed during that accident, but Ulliel was "motionless and unconscious when rescuers arrived." The actor was not wearing a helmet when the rescuers got to him.
A helicopter transported the "Hannibal Rising" actor to Grenoble University Hospital. Doctors tried to revive him; however, their efforts were unsuccessful, and Ulliel passed away from his injuries.
The actor celebrated his son Orso's birthday with his French model-actor partner, Gaelle Pietri, during the skiing trip. Pietri had shared a few glimpses of the young family's skiing trip before the actor died.
Ulliel was most known for his roles as Hannibal Lector in "Hannibal Rising," Yves Saint Laurent in "Saint Laurent," and his work in "It's Only The End of The World."
Gaspard Ulliel during the photocall ahead of the 2021 Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images
Ulliel was gearing up for the upcoming release of the new Marvel series "Moon Knight." In the Disney+ show, he portrayed Anton Mogart, Midnight Man, a thief-turned vigilante.
Ulliel's tragic accident is reminiscent of the severe accident Formula One great Michael Schumacher suffered during his 2013 skiing accident at the French ski resort of Meribel, 30 miles from where Ulliel was skiing.
Although Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he fell, he suffered a severe head injury. He was treated at Grenoble University Hospital, the same hospital as Ulliel.
Doctors placed him into an induced coma in December 2013, and he was in the coma until April the following year. His family has kept his condition private over the years, only mentioning that he was improving and his recovery would be long and difficult.
His wife, Corrina, said of his condition in September 2021, "Everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here - different, but here. He still shows me how strong he is every day."
Netflix released a documentary, "SCHUMACKER," about the racing champion and his life-changing accident. His close friends and family feature in the documentary and discuss the impact and aftermath of the accident.