Funeral services for Julien Hug set for Nov. 12

Family announces details of service

Photo: Rancho Santa Fe Review

Investigators are calling Julien Hug’s death a suicide. On Friday afternoon the coroner’s office reported that Hug’s death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed late Thursday night that the body found in a remote area east of Anza was that of Hug.

The sheriff’s department found Hug’s body near a vehicle in a remote off-roading area, about 45 miles away from Highway 74 in Riverside County on Wednesday, sources told City News Service and KGTV late Wednesday. Bertrand Hug, owner of Mille Fleurs and Mr. A’s, told KGTV that his son was on his way to help manage the family’s newest restaurant in Palm Desert, Augusta Modern.

He was last heard from five days ago when his cell phone went dead while he was driving somewhere on Highway 74, the elder Hug said. Julien Hug’s vehicle was found in a remote area on a Forest Service access road. “Due to dense foliage and ground cover, the Riverside Sheriff’s Aviation Unit responded to conduct an aerial check,” the sheriff’s department press release reported. At about 4 p.m. the aviation unit located the body, which was inaccessible to ground personnel. Members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Coroner’s Bureau “were hoisted to the location via helicopter to conduct a preliminary investigation.”

Because of the terrain and setting sun, the coroners unit had to return on Thursday, Nov. 4., at about 10 a.m. to recover Hug’s body. He was transported to the bureau’s Perris office for investigation and later positively identified as 35-year-old Hug. Julien Hug graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 1993 and appeared as a contestant on “The Bachelorette” TV show in 2009.

A public funeral service is planned for next Friday, Nov. 12, at a to-be-determined location. All are welcome, Bertand said.

In lieu of flowers, Bertand asks well-wishers to send donations to the Julien Hug Foundation, c/o of the The Village Community Presbyterian Church at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., 92091.

— Report by City News Service, Rancho Santa Fe Review staff and KGTV

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Review has created a special section dedicated to sharing memories of Julien Hug. Click here to see the page.

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2 Comments for “Funeral services for Julien Hug set for Nov. 12”

  1. Claire Tinsley

    I met Julien at the Mille Fleurs restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe late last winter. I was so taken with Julien after watching my beloved reality dating show, "The Bachelorette," and wanted to meet him as well as to try the French fare at his parent's restaurant. When I met Julien in person, he was just as kind, gracious, and welcoming as he appeared to be on the show. We spoke French and talked a little about the show and I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to both Julien and the Mille Fleurs restaurant. I was impressed not only with Julien's air of sophistication and with his obvious pride with respect to his French heritage and culture; one that I share a love of as well. We sat and talked for a while and at the end of the evening, he gave me a hug. I left the MF restaurant feeling as if I had known Julien all my life. I went back to MF a few months later with a dear La Jolla friend and neighbor, and she was equally taken with Julien's hospitality, fine work ethic and gracious manner. I didn't know Julien well, but I was very impressed by him as a person and I feel fortunate that he touched my life if only briefly. I know that the RSF community is grieving and feeling this terrible loss of a fine person and my very deepest sympathies and thoughts are with the Hugs at this time.

    Claire Tinsley
    Haymarket, VA

  2. Catherine

    Heartfelt condolences to the family, girlfriend, friends and
    whole community who lost a veritable gem of a man and
    human being. May he rest in eternal peace.

    Catherine Lee
    La Jolla

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