Guillaume Depardieu, the actor son of Gerard Depardieu, died on Monday [October 13] in a French hospital from pneumonia. He was 37.

Depardieu died at the Raymond-Poincare hospital west of Paris after he was flown back from Romania, where he contracted a pulmonary illness during filming.

Despite winning the Cesar for the most promising actor in 1996 for Les Apprentis (The Apprentices), Depardieu led a troubled life and was plagued in his early adult years by convictions for offences related to drugs, alcohol and violence.

He fell out with his father in 2003 and later that year underwent an operation to amputate his right leg after a bacterial infection took hold following a motorcycle accident in 1996.

Depardieu is survived by his father, his mother Elisabeth, sister Julie, half-sister Roxane, and seven-year-old daughter Louise.