Guillaume Depardieu, son of actor Gerard Depardieu, has died at the Raymond-Poincare hospital near Paris following complications related to pneumonia. He was 37 years old.
Guillaume, also an actor, flew back to France on Sunday after contracting pneumonia while filming in Rumania.
The actor’s early life was filled with problems relating to drugs, alcohol and violence, and he was convicted on several occasions. In 1996 he was involved in a motorcycle accident and, as a result, suffered years of pain due to a bacterial infection. In 2003, to end the pain, his right leg was amputated.
That same year, 2003, Guillaume had a much-publicised public falling-out with his father.
Guillaume Depardiue’s acting career began in 1991when, along with his father, he appeared in the film Tous les Matins du Monde. In 1996 he was voted ‘most promising young actor’ at the Cesar awards, France’s equivalent of the Academy Awards.