“Yesterday, four hours before his death, his girlfriend Denyse held her cell phone to Pierre’s ear while he was relaxing in his bed in intensive care,” says Robert Maltais, a good friend and author of the book. Biography about Pierre Marcotte. I was able to talk to him. »
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Pierre Marcotte was considered a bon vivant.
joined by The newspaper This morning, Robert Maltais, author of the live biography Pierre Marcotte published by Éditions de l’Homme, was moved to speak of the last moments of his 83-year-old friend who died of complications related to COVID-19 at the University Institute . of Cardiology and Pneumonia of Quebec, Wednesday night.
“Denyse told me that then she opened her eyes. As her son Bruno-Pierre says, she “she did it like an adult”. »
Surrounded by his wife Denyse and son Bruno-Pierre, the host also got a last glimpse of his son Pascal, who teaches theater in the American West via Facetime before his big departure.
With Jean Lapointe in 1986 while hosting Montreal Live.
“He knew it,” adds the author. They came from Charlevoix and he told his wife that he really wasn’t well. He had a fever. The next morning: ambulance and hospital. His lungs collapsed, he had a fever of 39.5. He happened “scarily” fast. As his wife said: for the first time in her life, he didn’t get the lucky number. »
- Listen to Gilles Proulx’s column at Patrick Déry’s microphone on QUB Radio:
If the usually reserved author agreed to talk about the sudden departure of his accomplice, it was because he considered it important to pay him one last tribute. “My daughter, who knew Pierre well and whom Pierre adored, told me: ‘Dad, do it for Pierre, so someone can talk about it.’ »
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On stage in 2016 with his ex-wife and TV accomplice, Shirley Théroux.
The two men became friends through their involvement with the Fondation des Artistes, of which Pierre Marcotte was president from 2011 to 2016.
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The careers of Joël Denis and Pierre Marcotte are practically inseparable.
“Pierre loved his work and loved the world, continues his accomplice. True, good, headstrong, heart of gold. An exceptional man, a finished madman, who said yes laughing or not laughing the same. A chef ! »
From New York, his show producer Martin Leclerc told the Trunk : “For Pierre, our residency project at the Casino de Montréal in the fall was a return to the stage that he had hoped for and a source of motivation. He was a person who had a lot of integrity, humility and respect for the public. »
At a press conference with Pierre Lalonde.
As for author and columnist Simon Boulerice, he was shocked to learn that he appears to be the last person to interview Pierre Marcotte on June 22, as part of the show. salty sugary.
The first cover of the Journal de Montréal (June 15, 1964) during the animator’s wedding with Ginette Ravel.
“I could never have believed that this would be his last interview, he confided to the Trunk. He was very generous, it was a very nice interview, joyful and full of memories. He was such a bubbly and vibrant man. He was very welcoming. »
♦ The show salty sugary will broadcast Simon Boulerice’s interview with Pierre Marcotte tonight on TVA.
♦ This Sunday at 10 p.m., TVA will broadcast the episode of the true nature in which Pierre Marcotte participated in 2019.
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Photo archives, Chantal Poirier
“Pierre knew throughout his career to bring you joy and happiness. He loved you very much and had great respect for you, his audience. »
– Shirley Theroux
Photo courtesy of Dominic Gouin
“Pierre Marcotte, a multifaceted gentleman, will have marked our television and the best years of variety at Télé-Métropole. We will miss the “strict man” from the star show Les tannants. »
– Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor
“My boyfriend is gone. He slapped me. He was a bit like my brother. He was always close to me. I find it hard to find the right words to express my pain. »
Photo courtesy of Paul Ducharme
“My deepest condolences to all the relatives of this great gentleman whom I really loved. He was so generous and professional. What great years rubbing shoulders with him at the Téléthon Jean Lapointe. »
Photo courtesy of Sylvain Légaré
“It will have marked us both by its presence in the media and by its great generosity. »
–Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal
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