“Yesterday, four hours before his death, his girlfriend, Denyse, placed her cell phone near Pierre's ear while he was relaxing in his intensive care bed”, says Robert Maltais , great friend and author of the biography on Pierre Marcotte published in 2018. “I was able to tell him: “Pierre, I love you, I have always beloved, you are my friend.”
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Joint par Le Journal Thursday morning , Robert Maltais, author of the biography Pierre Marcotte en direct published by Éditions de l'Homme, was emotional when speaking of his friend's last moments.
“Denyse said he opened his eyes then. As his son Bruno-Pierre says, “he did it like a grown-up”.
Surrounded by his wife, Denyse, and his son Bruno-Pierre, the host was also able to see his son Pascal, who teaches theater in the American West, one last time via FaceTime before his big departure.
“He knew it,” adds Mr. Maltais. They arrived from Charlevoix and he told his wife that he was really not well. He had a fever of 39.5. The next morning: ambulance and hospital. His lungs collapsed, he had a fever of 39.5. It happened 'frighteningly' fast, he didn't spend 36 hours in the hospital.”
“As his wife said: for the first time in his life, he didn't get the lucky number,” he adds.
Paying tribute to a friend
If the usually reserved author has agreed to share the details of the sudden and virulent departure of his accomplice, it is because he thought it important to pay him a last tribute. “It was my daughter, who knew Pierre well and whom Pierre adored, who said to me: 'dad, do it for Pierre, so that someone will talk about it'.”
The two men became friends through their involvement in the Fondation des artistes, of which Pierre Marcotte was president from 2011 to 2016.
“Pierre loved his job, loved the world and he wanted laugh all the time, he continues. Pierre Marcotte, true, good, hard-headed, heart of gold. An exceptional man, a finished madman, who said yes while laughing or no while laughing just as much. A leader!»
Robert Maltais also praised the generosity of his artist friend who always kept “a handful of change” in his car to offer to whoever needed it. “He was like that, generous, and he didn't judge. He also allowed himself to be approached by everyone, he spoke with everyone; he had really chosen the right job.”
A job the host of the show Les Tannants dived headlong into at the age of 16, only to never leave him.
Pierre Marcotte, 83, was preparing to return to the Casino de Montréal stage in the fall of 2022. He died following complications related to COVID-19.
♦ Friday on TVA, the show Sucré Salé will broadcast an interview of Simon Boulerice with Pierre Marcotte shot just before the host fell ill.
♦ This Sunday at 10 p.m., TVA will rebroadcast the episode of the show < strong>The true nature in which Pierre Marcotte participated in 2019.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128