Brigitte Bardot's Ex-Husband Kills Himself

Gunter Sachs shot himself Saturday, aged 78
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2011 9:10 AM CDT
Updated May 9, 2011 10:55 AM CDT
Gunter Sachs: Brigitte Bardot's Ex-Husband Kills Himself
Actress Brigitte Bardot is seen with her husband German-born photographer Gunter Sachs, in August 1966 file photo, at location unknown.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – Gunter Sachs, the German-born billionaire married to Brigitte Bardot for three years in the 1960s, has killed himself at age 78. Sachs, an art collector and photographer who was also involved with Iranian queen Soraya Esfandiary, shot himself at his Swiss resort chalet Saturday, his family says. Sachs married Bardot in Las Vegas weeks after meeting her. Just hours after meeting her, he had a helicopter fly over her home and drop hundreds of roses, the BBC notes. Bardot's spokesperson says she is "devastated" by his death. Click to read more about the playboy. (Read more Gunter Sachs stories.)

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