Erotic film star Sylvia Kristel dies

Sylvia Kristel (WENN.COM file photo)

Sylvia Kristel (WENN.COM file photo)

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, Last Updated: 1:27 PM ET

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel has died at the age of 60.

The star of the erotic Emmanuelle film franchise passed away on Wednesday following a battle with cancer. She had been hospitalized in Holland in June after suffering a stroke.

Her agent Marieke Verharen tells the AFP news agency, "She died during the night during her sleep."

Kristel began her career as a model before landing her breakthrough role as a promiscuous housewife in the hit 1974 softcore movie Emmanuelle.

She went on to make a string of sequels to Emmanuelle and built on her reputation as a sex icon with similar roles in movies including Lady Chatterly's Lover and Mata Hari.


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