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Pro Skier Matilda Rapaport Dies During Promotional Film Shoot For Ubisoft's Steep

by Kyle Hilliard on Jul 19, 2016 at 02:50 PM


image via Red Bull

While filming a promotional video for Ubisoft's upcoming extreme sports simulator Steep in Chile, professional skier Matilda Rapaport died after getting caught in an avalanche.

"Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain, and share her bright smile," Red Bull wrote of Rapaport in a memorial post on its website. Ubisoft shared similar sentiments in a statement to GameSpot, which you can find below.

We are deeply saddened to learn the death of Matilda Rapaport, the remarkable Swedish freeskiing athlete. During a video production in Chile on Thursday, July 14th, Matilda was caught in an avalanche. Despite the medical care and treatment over the subsequent days, it was not possible to save her life. Matilda's courage, passion, and desire to share the sport she loved with the world served as an inspiration for other athletes and for us all. This tragic accident has deeply touched us. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband and her wider family at this difficult time.

Alongside her work related to Steep, Rapaport also appeared in other skiing films like Shades of Winter, Pure, and the upcoming film Between. You can find out more about Rapaport and her work on Red Bull's website. Below you will find an Instgram post from Rapaport where she was shared that she was working with Ubisoft on Steep one week ago.

[Source: Red Bull, via The Guardian, GameSpot]

 

Our Take
This was a tragic and unfortunate accident. Our thoughts go out to Matilda Rapaport's fans, friends, and family.

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