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Friday, July 22, 2016

Matilda Rapaport dies filming Ubisoft game trailer for Steep game

Professional extreme skier Matilda Rapaport (30 years-old) has died after she was caught in an avalanche while filming a promo for Ubisoft's new game, Steep.

Her sponsor 'Red Bull' put out a statement - "Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain, and share her bright smile,"

The avalanche occurred near the resort town of Farellones in the Andes mountains in Chile last week. She was taken to a hospital, but died there after suffering oxygen deprivation and brain damage.

Five days ago, she shared a video on her Instagram page with the hashtag #STEEPgame.

Ubisoft also released a statement, praising Rapaport's "courage, passion, and desire."

"We are deeply saddened to learn the death of Matilda Rapaport, the remarkable Swedish freeskiing athlete," a spokesperson said. "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."

This wasn't Rapaport's first experience with an avalanche. In 2014, she got caught in an avalanche in Alaska.

Rapaport was featured in a number of skiing movies, including Shades of Winter and Pure. She will also be seen in the upcoming film, Between. Additionally, she was a contributor to Women's Health magazine.

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