French film star Depardieu's son dies of pneumonia
The son of French film star Gerard Depardieu died Monday in a Paris area hospital from a bout of acute pneumonia, his agent said.
14 October 2008
PARIS - Guillaume Depardieu, also an actor who starred in some 20 films, was 37. A spokesman for Artmedia, Depardieu senior's agency, said he had contracted a virus that developed into a "devastating case of pneumonia."
The son of one of France's biggest names in cinema long struggled to come out from his father's shadow. The star of Bertrand Bonello's "De la guerre" (Of war) and
"Versailles" currently showing in cinemas was known for his rebellious streak.
He got in trouble for speeding, drugs and a conviction for drink-driving that landed him in jail earlier this year. He had his right leg amputated in 2003 as result of a hospital infection developed during operations to recover from a motorbike accident in 1995.
The son of Gerard and Elisabeth Depardieu, Guillaume had starred alongside his father for the first time in director Alain Corneau's "Tous les matins dumonde" (All the world's mornings) in 1991.
Father and son would later be seen together in two television movies,
even though they were locked in a difficult relationship. Guillaume accused his mega-star father of taking little interest in him while he was growing up.
It was only in 2002 with the film "Aime ton pere" (Love your father)
that the relationship showed signs of improving.
[AFP / Expatica]