Europe 1 with AFP 12:20 pm, 02 June 2023

Comedian Guillaume Bats, suffering from glass bone disease, died at the age of 36, AFP learned Friday from concordant sources. The circumstances of the artist's death remain unknown at this stage.

"It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the death this Thursday, June 1 of Guillaume Bats, our great friend and brother of heart and stage," announced the company Dark Smile Productions, with which the artist worked, in a statement published on social networks. The information was confirmed to AFP by one of Guillaume Bats' show producers.

The circumstances of the artist's death remain unknown at this stage, said in its message the company Dark Smile Productions.

Tributes multiply on social networks

"You were told, 'That's impossible. Look at yourself at last.' You've made it. You made whole rooms laugh Self-mockery and black humor so as not to cry. You have helped thousands of people (sic) to accept themselves. Goodbye Guillaume Bats," comedian Anne Roumanoff said on Twitter.

"It's never nice to lose someone funny, especially when it was an 8th dan of self-mockery. RIP in peace the G," comedian Pablo Mira said on Instagram.

"Rest in peace my @guillaume_bats I will miss our disabled vs black valve battles. You were the king of self-mockery and 'We can laugh at everything and I'll piss you off!'" tweeted actor and comedian Donel Jack'sman.

A difficult life journey

Born in Reims in 1987, Guillaume Bats had revealed a difficult life path: abandoned by his mother before his first birthday, he had spent a large part of his childhood between orphanages and foster families. According to the website Dark Smile Productions, the artist began developing sketches in the late 2000s before being noticed for his corrosive humor on the internet and in television shows, such as "On de demande qu'à en rire" by Laurent Ruquier.

Produced by Jérémy Ferrari and Eric Antoine, Guillaume Bats has made several tours in France, performing in particular during the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Festival Off d'Avignon. He was currently on tour for his new show "Inchallah".