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Student in fatal chalet fall at French ski resort

image captionEdward De Nunzio had planned to study at University College London

A British gap year student has fallen to his death while jumping between chalet rooftops at a French ski resort.

Edward De Nunzio, 18, fell 16ft (4.8m) from an icy roof in Courchevel as he jumped between buildings on Saturday.

The trainee ski instructor, from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, had been out with a friend who escaped unharmed.

His father, ex-Asda chief executive Tony De Nunzio, said the family was struggling to come to terms with his death.

"We are absolutely devastated by this tragedy," he said.

"Edward was in Courchevel enjoying a three-month ski instructor course.

A-level success

"He was a hugely talented young man with a bright future and we are overwhelmed by what has happened."

Mr De Nunzio, who studied at Bootham School and the Minster School in York, achieved three As and two A*s at A-level.

He had planned to do voluntary work in Peru and travel around South America later this year, before starting a geography degree at University College London in October.

French police are now working to determine the exact circumstances of his death, in the early hours of Saturday.

His father, who has flown out to France, is currently non-executive director of Boots, non-executive chairman of Pets at Home and executive chairman of Maxeda, a large retailer in the Netherlands.