Gunter Sachs (1932-2011) (Keystone)
Gunter Sachs, the great grandchild of the founder of the car maker Opel, took his life in Gstaad on Saturday, May 7 2011. He was famous as one of the last real playboys, first entering the headlines when he had an affair with the former Iranian Queen Soraya Esfandiary and when he married the film star Brigitte Bardot in 1966. The marriage to the French film star lasted only three years after which he married his wife until his death, Swedish model Mirja Larsson. Gunter Sachs had three sons, two from his marriage with Mirja. Profesionally he gained international fame as a documentary filmmaker and photographer. He loved to collect art and was very interested in astrology. He had been a Swiss citizen since 1976 and was a much-loved resident of Gstaad. In his suicide note, which he wanted to be published (see after the jump, German only), he says that he realized during his last few months that he was falling ill with the "hopeless disease A." (Alzheimer's disease). He went on to say that the danger of losing his mental capacities would be an undignified condition which he decided to "meet resolutely". Our hearts go out to his family and friends.