Kate Barry, Daughter of Celebrity Composer, Found Dead in Paris

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 11:15 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Photographer Kate Barry, daughter of celebrity award-winning British composer John Barry and actress Jane Birkin, was found dead outside of her apartment in Paris.

Kate Barry, 46, had long struggled with alcohol and drugs, according to The Telegraph. It appeared Barry fell from her fourth floor apartment in the French capital.

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Barry's death remained under investigation late Thursday, a police spokesman told TheLocal.com. Barry's apartment was locked from the inside. She lived alone. Sources told TheLocal.com that anti-depressants were found in her home.

Barry's photos had appeared in Telegraph magazine, France's Paris Match and Elle. Her photography was the subject of the exhibit "Point of View. Portraits. Still Life," at a gallery in Paris recently.

Barry is survived by a son, Roman de Kermadec, 26, and was the half-sister of actress Charlotte Gainsbourg and model and singer Lou Doillon.

John Barry, who died in 2011, was a five-time Academy-award winning composer, noted for composing numerous James Bond movies, including "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds are Forever." He won best original score Oscars for "Dancing With Wolves" in 1991, "Out of Africa" in 1986, "The Lion in Water" in 1969 and "Born Free" in 1967. John Barry also won an Oscar for best original song for the "Born Free" theme in 1967 as well.

Birkin, an actress and singer, was born in London performed in "Blow-Up" in 1966, "Death on the Nile" in 1978 and "La belle noiseuse" in 1991.

Birkin and John Barry separated the year of Kate Barry's birth in 1967. She was raised by Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg until her teenage years, noted The Telegraph. Kate Barry underwent treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in central London at 17.

Aurelie Filippetti said that Kate Barry became "an outstanding photographer who understood the very meaning of pictures, staging, light and composition."

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