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Death of artist Ben, live: “a bullet in the head”, what we know about his death

The Niçois artist Ben died this Wednesday, June 5, 2024  the age of 88. An investigation was carried out into the matter. open to determine the causes of his death.

The essential

  • Benjamin Vautier, better known under the artist name "Ben" died this Wednesday June 5, 2024 à age 88.
  • His body was destroyed found &agrav; his home in Niçois, "with a bullet in theêhead". 
  • Ben was known for his writings and slogans in white handwritten letters on a black background, which appeared on all types of media.
  • The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said he was “devastated and inconsolable, he will leave the image of a formidable artist”. 


14:27 – The suicide track favored ?

While Ben's death created strong emotions, new elements concerning the circumstances of his death are now known. "The Ben Vautier's family entourage declared that the octogenarian artist committed suicide after the death of his wife this Tuesday evening following a stroke. The artist decided to to kill himself, "to join her", because he could not live without her" can we read on France 3 Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur. 

11:51 – Renaud Muselier salutes the one who "made an entire generation dream, grow and think"

"Benjamin Vautier, known for his « éwriting » declined, made an entire generation of young people dream, grow and think. Trained &agrav; At the Ecole de Nice, he chose to settle on the heights of Saint-Pancrace in 1975. His art allowed him to think big. Recognized by all, in France and à internationally, he always came back to the South, to his home! Our region loses one of its artists" written on ~

11:47 – Representative of the Fluxus movement

N&eac; July 18, 1935 à Naples, Benjamin Vautier will have directedé nearly 12,000 paintings. The best known, and the most numerous, are those composed of words, sentences, humorous or revealing expressions of an era. He was one of the last representatives of the Fluxus movement, promoting codes, schools and academies in the antipodes. 

11:41 – For Estrosi, "the Nice school loses one of its main founders"

After the announcement of the death of the artist Ben, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi was quick to announce his death. &agrav; salute his memory:   "My friend Ben, this wonderful artist who embodies a large part of the culture & Nice has left us. Yesterday, I learned of the disappearance of Annie, his wife. They are reunited as they always have been. The Nice school loses one of its main founders. I miss him already. We already miss him. terribly" éwrites the edile on Threads. The city will pay tribute to him "à height of his genius.

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Benjamin Vautier is no more. Better known under the artist name 'Ben', the 88-year-old man was found died this Wednesday June 5 à his home, route de Saint-Pancrace à Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), according to information from BFM Nice Côte d'Azur. An investigation was carried out into the matter. open to determine the exact causes of his death. 

A bullet in the head à his home

Known in particular for his "éwritings", his quotes, and his slogans written in handwritten letters on a black background, Ben b&eacute ;had a great popularity rating; since the last century. Accuracy, humor… His sometimes offbeat comments were appreciated by the general public. 

Ben was é found "with a bullet in the head", still according to the first information communicated by BFMTV. His family as well as the SMUR firefighters are currently on site, à his home. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said he was "upseté and inconsolable. Benjamin Vautier "will leave the image of a formidable artist who made the Nice school shine. They are reunited with his wife from whom he was inseparable. I think &agrav; his daughter Eva" can we read in Nice Matin.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116