German playboy Gunter Sachs kills self at 78

8th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Legendary German playboy Gunter Sachs, a former husband of French bombshell Brigitte Bardot, killed himself at his Swiss chalet, his ex-wife's office told AFP. He was 78.

Separately, his son Rolf Sachs confirmed the death to German celebrity magazine Bunte, and the German newsweekly Focus said he had shot himself. Swiss police could not immediately confirm the reports.

Sachs was a veteran of the go-go 1960s who helped make the French Riviera resort Saint Tropez a playground for rich and beautiful celebrities, such as film star Bardot, who was said to be devastated by the news.

"We called Gunter Sachs's private secretary who confirmed the suicide to us, but we have no details on the circumstances," an official at Bardot's animal rights foundation told AFP.

The source said Bardot "has been informed and is devastated. She had kept close ties with Gunter Sachs, who was a guest when we celebrated 20 years of the foundation."

© 2011 AFP

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