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Jean Lapointe, singer, actor and retired Canadian senator, dies at 86

Jean Lapointe, the beloved Quebec singer, actor and comic who was later appointed to the Senate, has died at age 86.

The basis he created introduced Friday his dying from well being issues at a Montreal palliative care residence, surrounded by family members.

Born in Price, a village within the Lower St-Lawrence area, Lapointe started his profession as a youngster at a Quebec City radio station.

In 1955, he based the Jérolas with Jérôme Lemay.

The standard duo combined music, humour and imitations, main them to performances on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963 and at the famed Olympia in Paris.

The Jérolas disbanded in 1974 as Lapointe and Lemay launched into solo careers.

Lapointe loved success on his personal in music in addition to comedy all through the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, stringing collectively such hits as Chante-la ta chansonTu jongles avec ma vie and Si on chantait ensemble.

In 1981, he gained the Félix, a Quebec music award, for live performance of the yr.

He was additionally a gifted actor and had a movie profession alongside his different exploits, starting with Yul 871 alongside Lemay in 1966. His position within the 2004 movie Le dernier tunnel by Érik Canuel led to a Genie Award and a Jutra prize the identical yr.

In 2000, Quebec’s Les Olivier humour awards gala awarded him a tribute prize. Another tribute was paid to him at the Just for Laughs gala in 2005, marking his fiftieth anniversary within the enterprise.

Jérôme Lemay, left, and Jean Lapointe, proper, made up the Jérolas from 1955 to 1974. (Radio-Canada)

Lapointe was named to the Senate in 2001 by former prime minister Jean Chrétien, sitting as a Liberal till his retirement at age 75 in 2010. Lapointe obtained quite a few accolades over his lifetime together with being named to the Order of Canada in 1984 and being made an officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2006.

Lapointe struggled with alcoholism within the Nineteen Sixties however managed to interrupt free, and in 1982, he created a midway home for individuals coping with alcoholism and drug habit, La Maison Jean Lapointe. Last month, the inspiration and therapy centre celebrated its fortieth anniversary.

“Our father all the time stated that his best pleasure has all the time been Maison Jean Lapointe,” daughter Anne Elizabeth Lapointe, normal supervisor of the therapy centre, stated in an announcement.

“His departure saddens us, however we all know that he’ll stay the soul of our institution.”

Lapointe is survived by his spouse, Mercedes, and his seven kids, two grandsons and two sisters.

“Losing our father is a horrible ordeal, however figuring out that his inventive and humanist heritage will stay on within the hearts of Quebecers is reassuring for us,” his son Jean-Marie Lapointe stated within the assertion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched an announcement saying Lapointe’s legacy might be remembered for generations, and that he might be remembered for “his quite a few contributions to the Canadian arts neighborhood, his philanthropy, and his service to Canadians as a former senator.”

“His performances had been forward of their time, crammed along with his signature wit and good-natured humour,” stated Trudeau.

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