Swedish extreme athlete Matilda Rapaport has passed away after being caught in an avalanche in the Andes mountains in Chile. Rapaport was filming something related to the new Ubisoft game Steep during the accident.
The 30-year old skiier was sponsored by Red Bull and won the Freeride World Tour 2013 Xtreme Verbier event. During the filming, an avalanche struck and buried her. She was rescued and rushed to hospital, where she would later succumb to her injuries. She had recently posted a video of the mountains on Instagram with the hashtag #STEEPgame included.
Steep was unveiled at E3 this year, and is advertised as an open-world extreme sports game. It will feature skiing, snowboarding, and gliding suits in some incredibly life-life settings. The game is expected to be released in December. Ubisoft have issued a statement regarding the death of Rapaport
“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 had been caught in an avalanche once before, surviving a scary ordeal in 2014. She has been in a number of skiing movies and appeared on numerous magazine covers.