by Joshua Russo
The athlete died in an avalanche in the Andes mountains
Matilda Rapaport, 30, perished last Thursday while filming footage for Ubisoft’s upcoming extreme sports game Steep. Rapaport was a professional skier with experience performing in extreme sports and stunts.
A spokesperson for Ubisoft reached out to GameSpot with a statement.
“We are deeply saddened to learn the death of Matilda Rapaport, the remarkable Swedish freeskiing athlete,” a spokesperson said. “During a video production in Chile on Thursday, July 14th, Matilda was caught in an avalanche. Despite the medical care and treatment over the subsequent days, it was not possible to save her life.
“Matilda’s courage, passion, and desire to share the sport she loved with the world served as an inspiration for other athletes and for us all. This tragic accident has deeply touched us. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband and her wider family at this difficult time.”
Rapaport’s sponsor Red Bull originally notified The Guardian about the tragic incident, “Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain and share her bright smile.”
Rapaport’s last post on her Instagram page was a video of the scenery in Chile with the hashtag #STEEPgame.