Gunther Sachs dies: Brigitte Bardot"s ex-husband shoots himself

Gunther Sachs dies: Brigitte Bardot"s ex-husband shoots himself

Last of the great playboys (…who married Bardot for a bet): As Gunther Sachs shoots himself (like his SS officer father), the story of the Sixties” biggest womaniser

2:09 AM on 10th May 2011

Playboy: Gunter Sachs, who has comitted suicide aged 78, with his wife Brigitte Bardot, who he allegedly married to win a bet with his friends

Playboy: Gunter Sachs, who has comitted suicide aged 78, with his wife Brigitte Bardot, who he allegedly married to win a bet with his friends

Gunter Sachs was only married to Bardot for three years but it is what he will be best remembered for

Gunter Sachs was only married to Bardot for three years but it is what he will be best remembered for

Flower in hand, the French actress and Gunther Sachs on their wedding day

Flower in hand, the French actress and Gunther Sachs on their wedding day in Las Vegas. The ceremony lasted eight minutes and the marriage three years

After their Las Vegas wedding the couple flew to Tahiti for their honeymoon. Here they are pictured shortly after their arrival in French Polynesia

After their Las Vegas wedding the couple flew to Tahiti for their honeymoon. Here they are pictured shortly after their arrival in French Polynesia

He was her third husband: Sachs on honeymoon with his ex-wife Brigitte Bardot

The German millionaire was Bardot”s third husband: Here they are pictured on a yacht during their honeymoon

Wedding day: Sachs met his third wife Mirja in the late 1960s and she stayed with him to his death. The couple had two sons

Wedding day: Sachs met his third wife Mirja in the late 1960s and she stayed with him to his death. The couple had two sons

On the beach: Gunter and Mirja Sachs take a stroll

On the beach: Gunter and Mirja Sachs take a stroll

In the early 1960s Sachs was romantically linked with Iranian queen Soraya Esfandiary (left). She is seen here with the Shah of Iran and was his second wife

In the early 1960s Sachs was romantically linked with Iranian queen Soraya Esfandiary (left). She is seen here with the Shah of Iran and was his second wife

Gunter Sachs, centre, with the mayor of Leipzig and the director Leipzig Museum. They are standing in front of an Andy Warhol painting of Sachs at retrospektive of his collection called

Gunter Sachs, centre, with the mayor of Leipzig and the director Leipzig Museum. They are standing in front of an Andy Warhol painting of Sachs at retrospektive of his collection called “Art Is Female”. The playboy was a renowned art collector as well as photographer

Dead: Gunther Sachs, here posing for the press at an exhibition of his art and photography in 2003, shot himself at his Swiss chalet in Gstaad

Sachs, here posing for the press at an exhibition of his art and photography in 2003. He shot himself at his Swiss chalet in Gstaad this weekend