Who was Marc Sutton, how did he die and what is the name of his restaurant in the French town of Les Gets?


WELSH national Marc Sutton was fatally shot in the French Alps during a hunt on October 13, 2018.

Here’s what we know about the 34-year-old so far and how he tragically died.

 Marc Sutton, 34, has been described as 'salt of the earth' by friends

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Marc Sutton, 34, has been described as ‘salt of the earth’ by friends

Who was Marc Sutton and what was his restaurant called?

Marc Sutton was a 34-year-old British mountain biker.

He ran a small restaurant called Wild Beets with his girlfriend in the ski resort of Les Gets, near Morzine.

The renowned outdoorsman, originally from Caerphilly, South Wales, was also a keen snowboarder.

How did he die?

Marc was fatally shot at around 6.50pm on Saturday, October 13, 2018, as he rode through thick woodland near the ski resort of Montriond.

According to a local source, he died instantly from a single gunshot wound.

The bullet was fired by a 22-year-old man taking part in a group hunt with at least 17 others.

It is said the shooter went into “deep shock” when he realised what he had done.

The hunter, who has a gun licence, was taken to hospital “in pieces” and was in such a state that he could not be formally arrested.

The man, who has not been identified, is thought to have mistaken Marc for a “fast moving animal” – despite his bright clothes.

The hunter now faces a trial and prison sentence following an investigation for “aggravated manslaughter”.

It is also believed that the hunt was being carried out illegally, after authorities confirmed no permits had been granted to the group to operate in the area.

 Marc Sutton was killed as he rode in woods near a ski resort on Saturday evening

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Marc Sutton was killed as he rode in woods near a ski resort on Saturday evening

What tributes have been paid to Marc Sutton?

Facebook has been flooded with tributes to the 34-year-old since news of his tragic death broke.

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One person wrote: “I met him this summer, real nice chap, such a tragedy.”

Another said: “This is absolutely devastating. Everyone in our community will be affected by last night’s accident. So very sad for Marc and everyone with him.”

One former school friend commented: “This is so tragic – can’t believe Marc is gone. He was the salt of the earth who lived for the outdoors.”

His pal Alice Gregr issued a statement on behalf of his friends.

It read: “We will miss our friend Marc more than words can say.

“He was a headstrong, hardworking, generous and incredibly kind person who lived life to the full and spent as much time as he could in the mountains.

“He was never happier than on his snowboard or mountain bike and he knew the pistes and trails of Morzine like the back of his hand. We are trying to take peace in the fact he died doing what he loved the most.

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“This year had been amazing for Marc, he opened a fantastic restaurant in Les Gets with his girlfriend Jo and their businesses were going from strength to strength.

“He was a brilliant chef and restaurateur and we couldn’t have been prouder of them both.

“We can’t describe how completely devastated we are by his death and are all finding it hard to accept that we won’t see him again.

“He was dearly loved by all of his friends here and also his family in the UK.”

British mountain biker​ ​Marc Sutton​ cycles off-road in ​Les Gets​, France​





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