The actress hangs herself after suicide of a friend
A British actress who appeared in the most recent Spider-Man film has been found hanged in her Paris flat.
Lucy Gordon died just two days before her 29th birthday and hours before she was due to be interviewed at the Cannes Film Festival.
Police said her boyfriend, whom they did not name, told them he woke to find her body. He was still being questioned last night, but the spokesman stressed it was believed Miss Gordon committed suicide.
Neighbours said the boyfriend told them Miss Gordon had been deeply affected by the recent suicide of a friend in Britain. But one neighbour said she had heard ‘a couple rowing’ the night before her body was found.
Miss Gordon, who played a British TV reporter in the 2007 film Spider-Man 3, found fame as a model while still at an Oxford public school. She went on to be the face of U.S. make-up giant Cover Girl and moved into acting a few years later.
Last night her father Richard, a teacher, paid tribute to her at the family home in Oxford where he lives with her mother Susan, 58, and sister Katie, 27. Mr Gordon, 60, said: ‘The whole family is so proud of Lucy, and we always have been. Her death has come completely out of the blue and the entire family is devastated.
‘Lucy was a lovely, generous and unselfish person who always gave so much thought to other people and put them before herself.’
Media reports in France said Miss Gordon’s boyfriend ran to a nearby shop for help after finding her dead on Wednesday morning. One police officer was quoted as calling the scene in the flat ‘absolutely horrific’.
Judicial sources said they would also be interviewing close friends and family of Miss Gordon to try and establish a motive for her sudden suicide.