(CNN) — French actor Gaspard Ulliel, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising,” has died at the age of 37 after a skiing accident in southeastern France.
“Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew up with him. They loved each other madly,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted Wednesday.READ MORE: Apple stores file papers to unionize, including 1 in Atlanta
“It’s with a heavy heart that we will rewatch his most beautiful performances and catch his unique gaze. We have lost a French actor.”
Ulliel died on Wednesday in a hospital in the city of Grenoble in southeastern France following a ski accident on Tuesday, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.
Ulliel gained acclaim for his portrayal of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic, went on to win a César for Best Actor, France’s equivalent of the Oscar, for his performance in the Xavier Dolan film, “It’s Only the End of the World.”READ MORE: Special grand jury considering Trump election interference in Georgia convenes
His next on-screen presence is set to be in the Marvel Disney+ series “Moon Knight,” scheduled for release in March 2022.
Fellow French actor Jean Dujardin posted an image of Ulliel on Instagram with a caption which read simply “Gaspard” alongside a black heart emoji.
And French minister of culture Rosalyne Bachelot called Ulliel “an exceptional actor” in a tweet published Wednesday.
“Today the world of cinema lost a huge talent,” wrote Bachelot. “I send my condolences to his family and my loving thoughts to all those who grieve for him today.”MORE NEWS: Zelensky Says The World Should Be Prepared For The Possibility That Putin Could Use Nuclear Weapons
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