Posted on Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:25 AM PDT
The French film world is in mourning today following the death of the son of Actor Gerard Depardieu.
Guillaume Depardieu, who was 37 years old, died Monday in a Paris area hospital from a bout of acute pneumonia, according to the Associated Press.
Like his famous father, Guillaume was also an actor who starred in some 20 films.
A spokesman for the elder Depardieu said his son 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. He had run-in's with the law for speeding, drugs and a conviction for drink-driving that landed him in jail earlier this year.
It certainly is a tragic loss. Our prayers go out to the Depardieu family.
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