French composer killed in a vicious grizzly bear attack in Canada

French composer killed in a vicious grizzly bear attack in Canada

Julien Gauthier, 44, was attacked by a grizzly bear in his sleep.

French composer Julien Gauthier, who traveled to Canadian Alaska as part of a cultural project, was attacked and killed by a grizzly bear.

Gauthier went to Alaska with his friend Camille Toscani, a biologist and photographer. The couple intended to swim 1.5 thousand kilometers down the Mackenzie River as part of a project called “Canoë-camping dans le grand nord canadien, sons, photos ... et violoncelle!” (“A trip on a canoe on the great Canadian North, sounds, pictures… and a cello!”).

Toscani told Canadian law enforcement officers that on the night of 15 August, a bear grabbed her sleeping friend by the neck and dragged him out of the tent into the forest. The composer’s body was discovered the next day.

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