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article imageGerman photographer Gunter Sachs commits suicide

By Lynn Curwin     May 9, 2011 in World
Gstaad - Gunter Sachs, photographer and former husband of Brigitte Bardot, shot himself to death at his chalet in Switzerland on Saturday.
Sachs left a note saying he took his own life because of an illness he called "A."
"The loss of mental control over my life was an undignified condition, which I decided to counter decisively," Yahoo News quoted the 78-year-old as saying in the note.
He said in his note that increasing forgetfulness and problems with vocabulary were leading to occasional delays in conversations.
Sachs was a grandson of car manufacturer Adam Opel, who became known for his photography and documentary films. He was also an art collector.
Reuters reported that, because of his "great wealth" he was a high-profile member of the "jet set" in the 1960s and 1970s.
Hours after meeting Brigitte Bardot, Sachs had a helicopter to fly over her house and drop hundreds of red roses. They married in 1966, and were together for three years.
He married former Swedish model Mirja Larsson in 1969, and became a Swiss citizen in 1976.
His first wife, Anne-Marie Faure, died in 1958, the same year his father killed himself.
"Gunter Sachs always knew how to enjoy life," the BBC quoted the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung as saying.
"Those who knew him may very well believe that he wanted to end it quickly to cut short the suffering of old age."
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