LATEST: French actress Marie Trintignant (corr) has died from massive head injuries after an alleged beating by her boyfiend.

Trintignant's lawyer GEORGES KIEJMAN (corr) says the 41-year-old passed away at the HARTMANN CLINIC in Neuilly-sur-Seine, an eastern suburb of Paris, after being flown back France from Lithuania in a coma.

Trintignant had been filming a TV movie with her director mother NADINE TRINTIGNANT.

She had been in a coma since last Sunday (27JUL03), after an alleged altercation with rocker boyfriend Bertrand Cantat (corr), 39, left them both in hospital.

Cantat - who sings in popular French band NOIR DESIR - is in detention for two weeks while Lithuanian cops investigate the incident, and is now a prime suspect in the murder investigation, after being detained on "suspicion of causing bodily injury".

Trintignant, a mother of four, was flown back to France from Vilnius at the request of her family.

01/08/2003 15:35