Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Guillaume Depardieu, Son Of Gerard Depardieu Dead At Age 37

Guillaume Depardieu, the troubled son of famous French movie star Gerard Depardieu, died Monday. Guillaume was only 37.

Guillaume Depardieu died at Raymond-Poincare hospital in Garches, near Paris, of complications from pneumonia, the hospitals spokesman said.

Depardieu had entered the hospital on Sunday, and a family spokesman said the artist flew to France on Sunday from Romania, where he picked up a lung infection while filming his latest movie.

He had been filming "L'Enfance d'Icare" in Bucharest, Romania when he suddenly fell ill. He was taken to the hospital but died early Monday.

A spokesperson for Gerard Depardieu said, "He caught a virus which gave him a very severe case of pneumonia."

Guillaume Depardieu starred in a number of movies, including "Tous les matins du monde" (1991), "Cible emouvante" (1993), "Pola X" (1999), and 2007's "Ne touchez pas la hache".

As a teenager and young adult, Guillaume Depardieu faced the evils of drugs, alcohol and violence that led to legal troubles, and convictions for traffic violations, verbal abuse and narcotics use.

Depardieu had a public falling-out with his dad, and had his right leg amputated in 2003 due to a bacterial infection following a motorcycle accident.

Guillaume had also started work on the Jane Spencer directed comedy "Men Don't Lie" starring Michael Madsen, about a young, idealistic woman who falls in love with an American expatriate living in Paris, France. No word yet on how the actors death will effect the project.

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