Aosta, November 20, 2012 - The fate was mocking with Patrick Edlinger, climbing star and icon, died yesterday in a trivial fall at home. The 'blonde' for friends and 'the dieu' for climbers from around the world was 52 years old and a blazing between past successes and excesses. Has fallen by a steep staircase of the house, hitting his head and by getting a fatal hemorrhage. They found him lifeless in the bathroom, where he dragged dying.
He slammed the wounded temple against the floor between two mattresses that had placed 'for security' under the stairs, at his home in La Palud, in Verdon, a land of rocky cliffs that separate the Alps from the plains of Provence in the south of France. He who had defied the vertical alone, detached, becoming a myth for at least a generation of climbers and not only betrayed by a trivial step.
Born just a few kilometers from the Pyrenees began to climb to eight years in the mountains of home. The turning point in the meeting with Patrick Berhault almost the same age, a great French climber who died in 2004. 'Les deux Patrick' began to climb the gorges of Verdon, opening ways hitherto thought impossible. In the early 80's fame Edlinger was boosted by two documentaries by Jean-Paul Janssen, who have made him a star in the eyes of the general public and have opened the doors to the jet-set. Sculptural Body, flowing blond hair, harsh nature, quickly became a star. newspapers and magazines stood out on his photo 'cult' while stripped to the waist and shorts, stretched out his hand to a tiny grip on the rock.
The rockstar certainly had the look, but also the curse. "His gruff-Cotè tells Guido Azzalea, president of mountain guides in the Valle d'Aosta and his close friend and hid a great fragility. Was very sensitive. Maybe he has not been able to support the weight of success. " Edlinger in 1995 had been the victim of a serious accident in the Calanques in France had fallen down from a wall of 18 meters, suffering a cardiac arrest and was saved by the intervention of a resuscitator. Past few years, says the author of the Biography, Edlinger had drinking problems. Problems that might have led to the fatal accident. Friends of La Palud had seen him more depressed than usual, while walking in the country. "I am a free man and I do not regret anything in my path" will be his epitaph.