Police have opened an investigation into the apparent suicide of Spider-Man 3 actress Lucy Gordon, who was found dead inside her Paris apartment.
Lucy Gordon hanged herself, it was reported yesterday, when she would have turned 29. Gordon's boyfriend was reportedly asleep in the apartment as she killed herself.
Her death was "almost certainly suicide," police in Paris said.
A postmortem has been ordered.
The actress' newest and ultimately final film, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, was just screened at the Cannes Film Festival. She stars as Jane Birkin.
The film's directors and producers said in a statement: "The film owes a lot to the generous spirit, to the kindness and talent of Lucy Gordon."
Gordon's father, Richard, also spoke out from his Oxford home, calling his family "shattered" by the news of the actress' untimely death.
"She has been the light of our lives," he told the Times of London. "We have always been immensely proud of her and her achievements. We love her so much."
"She was a lovely, generous, unselfish person who gave her all for others and thought of others before herself," the grieving father continued. "She has been doing what she loved and what she wanted to do for the last many years."
"She has been a natural actress all her life, since she was about 2," he went on. "She's always loved being on stage and in front of the camera and she has kept all her naturalness and charm all the way through."