The quadriplegic businessman had befriended his carer, before inspiring the film Untouchables, released in 2011. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who became a writer, died on Thursday 1er June in Marrakech, at the age of 72, announced directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. The information was confirmed by Mr. Pozzo di Borgo’s older brother at Parisian.
“By accepting that we adapt our story in Untouchableshe changed our lives and the lives of many vulnerable and fragile people, wrote the directors on Facebook. We keep the image of a courageous, dignified, humble and combative man. His humor and intelligence will be missed. Having known him for all these years was a rare privilege. » Actor Omar Sy, who played the role of the carer in the film alongside François Cluzet, also paid tribute to him on Instagram: ” Forever in our hearts… “
Born on February 14, 1951, Count Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, descendant of a large Corsican family, is a former manager of the Champagne Pommery house. He became a quadriplegic in 1993 after a paragliding accident and a few years later, after the death of his wife, hired a life assistant, Abdel Yasmin Sellou, with whom he created a friendship, which he recounts in the book The Second Wind (Bayard). Before Untouchables, their story had been told in a documentary by Jean-Pierre Devillers and Isabelle Cottenceau, produced by Mireille Dumas.
Released in 2011, the film Untouchables had then been the biggest success of French cinema with more than 19 million admissions, exceeding The big mop by Gérard Oury – the record was then broken by Welcome to the Ch’tis by Danny Boon. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo appeared in the last seconds of the film.