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'Playboy' Gunter Sachs kills himself at 78

The Local · 8 May 2011, 22:41

Published: 08 May 2011 13:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 May 2011 22:41 GMT+02:00

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Sachs, who was 78, was celebrated by certain sections of the German media as an eternal playboy who saw himself rather as an artist.

Constantly defined by his industrialist family and his marriage to French star Brigitte Bardot between 1966 and 1969, he had also previously had a relationship with former Iranian queen Soraya Esfandiary.

Sachs did not have to work thanks to his inheritance from his parents – his grandfather was Adam Opel, founder of the auto manufacturer.

He 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.

But Sachs managed to make a name for himself as a photographer of women and also surreal pictures, as well as documentary filmmaker. He was also fascinated by astrology, founding in 1955 an institute to research the links between astrology and the human character.

His first marriage, to Anne-Marie Faure produced one son before she died after a car accident. His last marriage to a Swedish model Mirja Larsson produced two sons.

Sachs' relatives released a suicide note to Swiss media in which he explained he took his life because of an illness he dubbed "A."

"The loss of mental control over my life was an undignified condition, which I decided to counter decisively," the letter signed by Sachs said. He called it the "no hope illness A," Swiss news agency SDA reported.

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Sachs added that he had always regarded any "threat" he would face "as the only criteria that would lead me to bring my life to an end."

He outlined symptoms such as forgetfulness that appeared to be consistent with a condition like Alzheimers.


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14:44 May 8, 2011 by derExDeutsche
it was clearly a homicide. her 26 year old husband must have come home;)
14:47 May 8, 2011 by Englishted
Boy when you read this he live a lot more than many guess he just had enough,

sorry for the cleaning lady though.
15:29 May 8, 2011 by Landmine
With a headline like that, you'd think ther'd be more details about why he commited suicice not his playboy lifestyle.
19:51 May 8, 2011 by tallady
when you read this you think he had the perfect life that most of us dream of,, wrong again ,you never know what goes on behind those closed doors .

What do you think logic guy??
20:32 May 8, 2011 by Englishted
tallady why do you say that?

He may off had the perfect life and chose to end it at a time of his chosing.

But what do you think logic guy ????.
21:55 May 8, 2011 by Zlik
I don' know but, he musta had alot of woman who loved his fun lifestyle. He Also probably spread the much sought after wishin " in his shoes" carefree feeling, around Fellas's . Perplexing.
22:09 May 8, 2011 by TheCrownPrince
Apparently Alzheimer was the reason.
01:13 May 9, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
Alzheimer's or not... evidently he did remember to put bullets in his gun...
14:59 May 9, 2011 by tallady
Englishted are you logic guy?

and last I knew suicide was a criminal offense.

Learn to write and spell and don"t concern your humble self with matters that don't concern you.
16:20 May 9, 2011 by Bruno53
Money and fame didn't bring him any "happiness", I see. And heard how much his parents enriched themselves by supplying Hitler's war machine, and plunged Europe, and Germany, into a destructive war. Hope Hitler and the devil receive him with open arms in hell, now. Good riddance!!
20:17 May 9, 2011 by Englishted
tallady :

German Medical Association

"Suicide itself is not illegal in Germany."

So that was the last you knew , your turn to eat humble pie.

As to writing what is this "don"t concern your humble self with matters that don't concern you. "

Is it don't or is it don"t .

I know the answer but am not as conceited or arrogant as your goodself.
21:03 May 9, 2011 by tallady
Who would have guessed that it is not illegal in Germany? It sure is where I come from but then who really cares when it is in Germany . Maybe an obtuse foll as yourself should indulge in the art.Good night and enjoy the pie ,
21:07 May 9, 2011 by raandy
Englished be careful dude I just read where 30 K die here every year from a hospital infection if your hell bent on suicide make it clean .
15:09 May 10, 2011 by Englishted
What is a obtuse foll? .

I don't make statements based on guesses.

Definition :To assume, presume, or assert (a fact) without sufficient information. ...somes you up .
20:28 May 10, 2011 by Stgtt/DFW
If it was Alzheimers... which is predicted to affect half the population over 60 by 2020... then I wish I had the guts to go out with a terrible ending, instead of living a terror without end...
07:40 May 11, 2011 by MfromUSA
Go figure!

He would go and mess up a perfectly beautiful chalet by splattering his brains and blood all over the place.

What a waste.

Just goes to show that he didn't have to work in order to pay for the chalet!!!!!

No sympathy from this side of the ocean.
05:23 May 14, 2011 by dr.makni49
Perfect life, no, imperfect?

There is a simple logic. The life that ends on suicide, no matter what the reasons are, cannot be called 'perfect' though by now several more people would have committed suicide.

Just leave him where ever he was!!!
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