Gunter Sachs – the German-born billionaire, art collector and former husband of Brigitte Bardot – has killed himself at the age of 78. He shot himself at his chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad on Saturday.
A grandson of car manufacturer Adam Opel, Sachs’s wealth helped him to become him a prominent member of the glamorous 1960s “jet set”.
Sachs and Bardot married in Las Vegas in 1966, a few weeks after they first met. The marriage lasted just over three years. Hours after meeting her, Sachs arranged for a helicopter to fly over her house in southern France and drop hundreds of red roses.
“It’s not every day that a man drops a tonne of roses in your yard,” the actress later wrote.