Professional extreme skier Matilda Rapaport has sadly passed away after she was caught in an avalanche while filming a promo for Ubisoft’s new game, Steep. She was 30 years old.

Red Bull, her sponsor, said in a statement to The Guardian that the avalanche occurred near the resort town of Farellones in the Andes mountains last week. She was taken to a local hospital, but eventually passed there due to oxygen deprivation and brain damage.

“Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain, and share her bright smile,” Red Bull said.

Just five days ago, Rapaport shared a video on her Instagram page with the hashtag #STEEPgame.

Morning bliss ✨ #STEEPgame #farrellones

A video posted by Matilda Rapaport (@matildarapaport) on

Ubisoft has also released a statement on the incident, praising Rapaport’s “courage, passion, and desire.” A spokesperson said,

“We are deeply saddened to learn the death of Matilda Rapaport, the remarkable Swedish free skiing athlete. 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.”

Testing testing. @GoPro #STEEPgame @skilaparva Photo @stephanwever

A photo posted by Matilda Rapaport (@matildarapaport) on


*Authors note to the Family and Friends of Matilda Rapaport
Our prayers and thoughts go out to you in this difficult time. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Matilda. She commanded great respect as an athlete and human being. Although we did not know her personally Matila was a huge presence in the extreme sports community and an inspiration to millions. Again we are very sorry for your loss and hope that you can find light in this dark time.

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John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.