3:13 pm - 01/12/2010

French rocker questioned over ex-wife suicide

Bertrand Cantat was convicted of beating his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant to death in a hotel in Lithuanian but released on parole in 2007.

Officials said Cantat was asleep at the Bordeaux, southwest France home of Kristina Rady, 41, when she hanged herself on Sunday.

The couple's two children, a 12-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl, were not present at the house when Rady committed suicide, but one of them made the discovery when returning home around midday Sunday, officials said.

The 45-year-old frontman for the band Noir Desir has been questioned by police in Bordeaux but no action has been taken against him.

"According to initial findings confirmed by some technical data, the death was due to suicide by hanging," said a source close to the investigation.

Known for his edgy music and dark lyrics, Cantat married Rady, of Hungarian origin, in 1997, but they separated soon after their daughter's birth when he met Trintignant.

Rady was a writer and theatre actress who had translated works into Hungarian, including Marjane Satrapi's award-winning animated work film Persepolis.

She had spoken out in defence of her ex-husband during his trial in Lithuania, saying he had never been violent with her during their marriage.


This is so sad. :-( Her poor children. :-((

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boomstick 12th-Jan-2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
The couple's two children, a 12-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl, were not present at the house when Rady committed suicide, but one of them made the discovery when returning home around midday Sunday, officials said.

Holy fuck.
metztlion 12th-Jan-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
I heard about this but didn't know any details. It makes me feel a bit guilty for enjoying their music.
nanewt011 12th-Jan-2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
is it common in Lithuania for convicted murderers get out on parole in 10-12 years?
blazinguns 12th-Jan-2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
After 3 year actually...

It wasn't a straighforward murder conviction but "murder committed with indirect intent (dolus eventualis), i.e. it was acknowledged by the court that he didn't want to kill the victim, but foresaw her death as a probable consequence of his acts and was indifferent with regard to such a consequence" (Wiki tells me)

Really fucked up though.
iheartchem 12th-Jan-2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Is that the same as manslaughter? Or maybe that's more of a Canadian / North American (?) term.
youve_got_wings 12th-Jan-2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
He wasn't sentenced for murder actually but for what I guess would be manslaughter in english
fraises 12th-Jan-2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I don't understand why people don't think of who will find them after they've killed themselves.

My friend's mom committed suicide ten years ago and it was his little brother and his friend who found her. He was 8 years old. He's doing alright now but man, it was so much harder on him, having seen what he saw.
boltonlove 12th-Jan-2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
I have an uncle who attempted suicide a few times and my two brothers were always the one to find him. They were both really young too. Maybe 5 and 6 at the oldest. We lived in this weird apartment/house places and we lived on the top floors and my uncle lived on the bottom so it wasn't uncommon for us to go down and hang out at his place.
thethinwhtduke 12th-Jan-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
i found my boyfriend after he hung himself. it's been 4 years, but i can still close my eyes and see him just as i'd found him.
1cupofrpattz 12th-Jan-2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry bb.

I too found someone after a suicide attempt. Even if she survived, it's still a trauma for me.
iheartchem 12th-Jan-2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
This breaks my heart. I don't even know what to say.
zminotaur 12th-Jan-2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
that happened to my father's cousin, she shot herself and her teenage son found her. :(

It's usually that they think they're doing people a favor by killing themselves.
elvenqueen86 12th-Jan-2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
D: I'm hella glad I wasn't the one that found my dad, that would have fucked me up beyond repair.
deceitful 12th-Jan-2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
same with my friends bf, he was 10 and found his dad after he shot himself
kerfuffleboat 12th-Jan-2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is terribly sad. Those poor kids.
karinette001 12th-Jan-2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
ah yes I remember that :( so sad
bullshit_queen 12th-Jan-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
this all seems hella shady. also, how horrible for it to be one of the children who found her body
greatloyalty 12th-Jan-2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Noir Desir is a great band but this man is crazy.
svrrender 12th-Jan-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
janey 12th-Jan-2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
came in the post to say exactly that
pourtant 12th-Jan-2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
mte :/
lajeunefolle 13th-Jan-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
mte. Wow.
morgandee 12th-Jan-2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm confused, so he killed his ex-girlfriend and now his new lady killed herself? Sounds like a guy to stay away from.
paarycia 12th-Jan-2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
It's not his new gf. It's his ex-wife whom he left for Marie Trintignant, the girlfriend he beat to death.
But yes, I wouldn't come near him.
norway 12th-Jan-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
This is all kinds of fucked up. :(
1cupofrpattz 12th-Jan-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
The poor children :(.
nowt 12th-Jan-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
I do love Noir Desir-- Bertrand Cantat has an incredible voice. But blimey, his personal life... :/
hollis1975 12th-Jan-2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
how sad. her poor kids
la_guillotine 12th-Jan-2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
wow, that sounds super shady. I can't imagine why you would let that guy back into your house after he killed his last girlfriend.
bombasticlove_x 12th-Jan-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
this post is way too sad for me :( i don't know if this is going to come off as insensitive since that is not my intention... but i could never hang myself or cause physical harm. i'd have to go the pill route.
mrs_dalliard 12th-Jan-2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
poor children, a murderer as a father and now this. :-(
i remember my french student-exchange girl listening to noir desir and trying to convince me they where the greatest thing since sex or something.
also: OP, is that Colin "cheekbones" Morgan in ur icon? If so UNFUNFUNF
opusdeihohoho 12th-Jan-2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
so sad :(
elvenqueen86 12th-Jan-2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
;_____; those poor kids.
youve_got_wings 12th-Jan-2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
The poor kids :(
ridsey 12th-Jan-2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
thought this was mathieu amalric

nearly pissed myself

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