Celine Dion pays tribute to René’s best friend, Pierre Lacroix, swept away by COVID

Celine Dion pays tribute to René’s best friend, Pierre Lacroix, swept away by COVID

Celine Dion paid tribute Sunday to Pierre Lacroix, who died Sunday in Las Vegas from COVID-19 at just 72 years old.

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If Pierre Lacroix was known for his prestigious career in the world of sport, the former general manager of the Quebec Nordiques had a very special place in Celine Dion’s life.

Pierre Lacroix was René Angélil’s best friend, and Céline posted a message of condolence on his Facebook page.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Pierre Lacroix. Pierre was René’s best friend and we shared so many wonderful moments with him and his wife Coco. What a privilege to have them both in our lives. My thoughts are with Coco and their sons Martin and Éric, as well as their entire family. With all our love, Céline, René-Charles, Nelson & Eddy xx … »

Having been the agent of several players, including Patrick Roy, Lacroix became the GM and President of the Quebec Nordiques in 1994 before following the dealership when she moved to Denver the following year.

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Several Quebec hockey fans remember the famous transaction concluded by the leader during his first campaign in Colorado.

On December 6, 1995, he got his hands on his former client, Patrick Roy, who had just experienced a hellish night at the old Montreal Forum four days earlier.

Celine Dion pays tribute to René’s best friend, Pierre Lacroix, swept away by COVID

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Pierre Lacroix and his wife arrive at the ardent chapel of René Angelil which will take place this Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. MAXIME DELAND / QMI AGENCY

Before allowing the Avalanche to become one of the best teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Lacroix represented some of the hottest Quebecers on the Bettman circuit.

He was notably the agent of the former captains of the Montreal Canadiens Pierre Turgeon and Vincent Damphousse.

In addition, Lacroix has been a staunch defender of the return of an NHL club to Quebec.

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