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AFP: French film star Depardieu’s son dies of pneumonia

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 14-10-2008

Every one has to make their own choices in life and parenting, but it’s clear that kids need a lot of attention and time. I always want to read more when I see stories like this one about Gérard Depardieu’s son, who just died of pneumonia.

He got in trouble for speeding, drugs and a conviction for drink-driving that landed him in jail earlier this year.

He had his right leg amputated in 2003 as result of a hospital infection developed during operations to recover from a motorbike accident in 1995.

The son of Gerard and Elisabeth Depardieu, Guillaume had starred alongside his father for the first time in director Alain Corneau’s “Tous les matins du monde” (All the world’s mornings) in 1991.

Father and son would later be seen together in two television movies, even though they were locked in a difficult relationship.

Guillaume accused his mega-star father of taking little interest in him while he was growing up.

[From AFP: French film star Depardieu’s son dies of pneumonia]

Whenever I see someone with a lot of money, fame, or power, I think of the consequences to the people around them, especially the kids. It’s very rare for any one dad, or mom, to be able to be a super person during the day and a great parent when the kids come home. Often, it’s the kids who miss out, and sometimes there are very real consequences.