Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, resorted to assisted suicide, according to BFM TV.

Swiss-French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, the father of the New Wave, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, resorted to assisted suicide, his family adviser has confirmed.

“Mr. Godard sought legal assistance in Switzerland for a voluntary departure as a result of ‘multiple incapacitating pathologies’, according to the terms of the medical report,” explained Patrick Jeanneret, the family’s legal and tax advisor, confirming the information published by the newspaper Libération.

A well-known director resorted to assisted suicide

“He wasn’t sick, he was just exhausted,” a close friend told the paper.

The filmmaker died “peacefully” on Tuesday, in his home in the small Swiss town of Rolle, the family announced in a statement.

Franco-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard has died at the age of 91, Libération learned from his family on Tuesday.

What is Jean-Luc Godard known for?

According to, he was born in Paris on December 3, 1930.

He promoted an avant-garde and experimental style of editing in cinematography.

In 1950 he started working as a film critic for various magazines, including the well-known Cahiers du Cinéma, in which he used the pseudonym Hans Lucas.

After his mother’s death in 1954, he moved back to Switzerland where he worked as a bricklayer, which served as material for his first documentary, Operation Béton.

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