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British star found dead in Paris

Lucy Gordon
Lucy Gordon played a British journalist in Spider-Man 3

British actress Lucy Gordon, who appeared in Spider-Man 3, has been found dead in her Paris flat, French police have confirmed.

It is thought the actress, who was just two days away from her 29th birthday, took her own life.

An autopsy is expected to take place to determine the cause of her death - no further details have been released.

The actress will appear as Jane Birkin in a biopic Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life by Joann Sfar.

The film is due to be released next year.

Speaking from the family home in Oxford her father, Richard Gordon, said: "We have always been immensely proud of her and her achievements. We love her so much.

"She was called Lucy and she has lived up to that. She has been the light of our lives...

"She was a lovely, generous, unselfish person who gave her all for others and thought of others before herself."

Mr Gordon said his daughter loved playing her latest role in the Serge Gainsbourg film.

"She found the whole team and cast wonderfully creative and supportive," he said.

He said his daughter had spent much of her childhood in France and was bilingual. She had recently moved to Paris after living in New York.

"She has been the most beautiful daughter. We are obviously devastated," he added. "It has come as a complete shock to us all."

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