Regaldo said weather conditions were “perfect” at the time of the accident and that there were no rocks in the area of the collision, which he described as easily accessible.

Ulliel was transported by helicopter to Grenoble University Hospital, where doctors tried to revive him, she said. The actor was pronounced dead Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m., Gaches said.

The office of the actor’s agent confirmed that Ulliel died on Wednesday.

Ulliel started performing at age 11, alongside renowned actress Sandrine Bonnaire, and went on to win two of France’s top cinema awards, the Cesar. A dog bite on his face at age six left him with a trademark scar.

He played a French revolutionary, a dying playwright, a vanished World War I soldier, a budding serial killer, iconic fashion designer. French President Emmanuel Macron called him “one of the incarnations of French cinema today,” and tributes poured in from shocked colleagues and fans around the world.

“On each of his film sets, he left behind the memory of a dedicated worker, always ready to listen, respected by all the teams because he was respectful of everyone,” Macron said in a statement.

Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted an homage that said, “Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew up with him. They loved each other madly.”

The House of Chanel said in a statement it has lost its “ambassador of 12 years and a friend.”

“We have been fortunate to have had by our side all these years a person endowed with great culture, an immense talent, and of unparalleled kindness. He will be sorely missed,” Chanel said.

The accident conjured up memories of when Formula One great Michael Schumacher was seriously injured in a 2013 skiing accident in the French ski resort of Meribel, 50 kilometers (30 miles) from where Ulliel was skiing. Both were treated at Grenoble University Hospital.

Schumacher, who was wearing a helmet, suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock off the side of a demarcated slope. The German auto racing legend was skiing with his teenage son while on a family vacation in the Alps.

Schumacher, 53, has not been seen in public in eight years, and his family has revealed few details of his condition since the accident. His wife, Corinna, said in a Netflix documentary last year that her husband is “different, but he is here” and that the family, including the couple’s son, Mick, now a Formula One driver himself, cares for him.

After Ulliel’s accident, the mountain police service for the Rosiere ski area said its personnel have been carrying out five or six rescues per day as the snow hardened in recent days.

In the neighboring Haute-Savoie region, a 5-year-old girl was killed Saturday when a skier crashed into her. The man was handed preliminary manslaughter charges, according to the Haute-Savoie prosecutor, who cited excessive speed as the likely reason for the accident.

Funeral information was not immediately announced. French media reports say Ulliel is survived by a young son from his relationship with French model-actor Gaelle Pietri.

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Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson in Paris and Barbara Surk in Nice contributed.

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FILE – Cast members, from left, actress Lea Seydoux, director Bertrand Bonello, actor Gaspard Ulliel, actor Jeremie Renier, actress Amira Casar and actress Aymeline Valade arrive for the screening of “Saint-Laurent” at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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FILE - Cast members, from left, actress Lea Seydoux, director Bertrand Bonello, actor Gaspard Ulliel, actor Jeremie Renier, actress Amira Casar and actress Aymeline Valade arrive for the screening of "Saint-Laurent" at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014.  Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent's office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
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FILE – Cast members, from left, actress Lea Seydoux, director Bertrand Bonello, actor Gaspard Ulliel, actor Jeremie Renier, actress Amira Casar and actress Aymeline Valade arrive for the screening of “Saint-Laurent” at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel attends a special screening of “Saint Laurent,” in New York on April 29, 2015. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

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FILE - French actor Gaspard Ulliel attends a special screening of "Saint Laurent," in New York on April 29, 2015.  Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent's office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel attends a special screening of “Saint Laurent,” in New York on April 29, 2015. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

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FILE- Gaspard Ulliel attends the final day of the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival, in Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has been hospitalized after a ski accident in the Alps, according to the regional prosecutor’s office.(AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File)

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FILE- Gaspard Ulliel attends the final day of the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival, in Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has been hospitalized after a ski accident in the Alps, according to the regional prosecutor's office.(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)
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FILE- Gaspard Ulliel attends the final day of the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival, in Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has been hospitalized after a ski accident in the Alps, according to the regional prosecutor’s office.(AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File)

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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel arrives for Chanel ‘s Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, France on Jan. 27, 2015. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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FILE - French actor Gaspard Ulliel arrives for Chanel 's Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, France on Jan. 27, 2015.  Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent's office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel arrives for Chanel ‘s Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, France on Jan. 27, 2015. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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FILE- Director Xavier Dolan, right, and actor Gaspard Ulliel pose for photographers during the photocall for the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has been hospitalized after a ski accident in the Alps, according to the regional prosecutor’s office.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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FILE- Director Xavier Dolan, right, and actor Gaspard Ulliel pose for photographers during the photocall for the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has been hospitalized after a ski accident in the Alps, according to the regional prosecutor's office.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
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FILE- Director Xavier Dolan, right, and actor Gaspard Ulliel pose for photographers during the photocall for the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has been hospitalized after a ski accident in the Alps, according to the regional prosecutor’s office.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel attends a screening of “Saint Laurent” at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30, 2014. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

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FILE - French actor Gaspard Ulliel attends a screening of "Saint Laurent" at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30, 2014.  Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent's office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel attends a screening of “Saint Laurent” at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30, 2014. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel accepts the Cesar Award for his performance as best young actor in “A Very Long Engagement” in Paris on Feb. 26, 2005. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

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FILE - French actor Gaspard Ulliel accepts the Cesar Award for his performance as best young actor in  "A Very Long Engagement" in Paris on Feb. 26, 2005.  Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent's office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)
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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel accepts the Cesar Award for his performance as best young actor in “A Very Long Engagement” in Paris on Feb. 26, 2005. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel appears at Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection in Paris, on March 10, 2009. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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FILE - French actor Gaspard Ulliel appears at Chanel's Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection in Paris, on March 10, 2009.  Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent's office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
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FILE – French actor Gaspard Ulliel appears at Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection in Paris, on March 10, 2009. Ulliel died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. Ulliel, who was 37, was known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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