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Composer killed by grizzly bear in Northwest Territories

A Canadian-French composer has been killed by a grizzly bear while in the Northwest Territories to record natural sounds.

Julien Gauthier’s body was found on Friday near Tulita, which is along the Mackenzie River.

The 44-year-old was travelling with a researcher he met in the Antarctic.

According to reports in France, Gauthier was dragged away by a bear in the middle of the night.

The Brittany Symphony Orchestra in France posted a statement on Facebook announcing Gauthier’s death.

The post explained that Gauthier wanted to use music to show his love and respect for nature.

<who> Photo credit: File </who> The man was killed by a grizzly bear. Pictured: A file image showing a bear.

"His work was faithful to his inquisitive mind, humble in front of the vast power and beauty of nature," explained the post, written by Marc Feldman, a manager with the symphony.

"I am extremely happy to have known Julien. He brought me a sense of adventure, wonder and a rare intelligence. I am going to miss him terribly. We still had so much road to travel together."

Gauthier’s web page says he also taught music at the Gennevilliers Conservatory and worked with the Paris Philharmonic.

– With files from the Canadian Press

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