A British actress who had worked alongside the late Heath Ledger was yesterday found dead in her Paris flat after apparently committing suicide.
Lucy Gordon was found dead just two days before her 29th birthday by a male friend.
Her family, who live in Oxford, paid tribute to the former model as the “light of our lives”.
A police spokesman said an autopsy had been ordered to determine the cause of death, adding it appeared to be suicide.
The Oxford-born actress appeared in a dozen films including the third instalment of Spider-Man, and in the romantic comedy The Russian Dolls, in which she co-starred with Audrey Tautou.
Lucy most recently played British singer and actress Jane Birkin in the upcoming biopic Serge Gainsbourg, which is due for release early next year and trailers were shown this week at the Cannes film festival.
Her father Richard Gordon said: “It's come as a complete shock to us all. We have always been immensely proud of her and her achievements. We love her so much... she has been the light of our lives, me and my wife Sue and daughter Katie.”
Lucy starred in the historical drama The Four Feathers cast alongside Ledger, who died of a drugs overdose in his New York apartment last year.
Friends suggested that Ms Gordon had been deeply affected by the recent suicide of a friend in Britain.