Richard Gourlain Jan 2d 1999, The members of the Gourlain family were the first in France to file a lawsuit of tobacco victims against a tobacco company, SEITA that became ALTADIS after its privatization (later sold to Imperial Tobacco). The lawsuit was filed in December 1996. Richard died on January 9, 1999, seven days after his wife Lucette shot the video. He was 49 years old. On November 20, 2003, the French Supreme Court exonerated the tobacco company from any responsibility.