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Quadriplegic who inspired ‘The Intouchables’ film dies aged 72

Frenchman Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, a quadriplegic who inspired the story of the 2011 film “The Intouchables”, has died at the age of 72.

The information was disclosed on Friday (2) by Éric Toledano, director of the film, through social networks.

“We have just learned with great sadness of the passing of our friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo. By accepting us to adapt his story in Intouchables, he changed our lives and the lives of many vulnerable and fragile people”, said the director.

“We maintain the image of a brave, dignified, humble and combative man. Your humor and intelligence will be missed. Knowing him all these years has been a rare privilege. We will try to continue all his fights”, added Éric.

Starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy, “The Intouchables” tells the story of Philippe, a quadriplegic millionaire who needs the help of an assistant for his daily chores.

He ends up hiring Driss, a Senegalese man who lives in suburban Paris. Even without being qualified for the position, and using unusual methods, the two build an unlikely friendship.

Source: CNN Brasil

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