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Former Quebec host and businessman Pierre Marcotte died Wednesday at the age of 83, confirmed TVA Nouvelles. He reportedly succumbed to COVID-19.
“My boyfriend left, learning that gave me a slap in the face,” his friend, singer Joël Denis, told TVA Nouvelles in an interview.
“A gentleman, a wonderful man, a guy who was sincere, who was true, who was pure,” he added.
Born in 1938, Mr. Marcotte began his career as a radio host. After positions in Granby, Trois-Rivières and Quebec, he became one of the main hosts of the famous Montreal radio station CKVL.
The radio then gave way to a career in television, where he began by co-hosting variety shows with Claude Boulard. However, it was with the show Les Tannants, broadcast on Télé-Métropole in the 1970s, that he enjoyed real success.
It was during this series of varieties that he will meet his ex-wife, the singer and television host Shirley Théroux, but also Joël Denis, Roger Giguère, or Gilles Latulippe.
Shirley Théroux, Pierre Marcotte and Joël Denis on the show ” The Tanners”.
He subsequently hosted several shows in the 1990s and 2000s, on TVA, TQS, and Canal Vox.
In parallel with his career in the spotlight, Pierre Marcotte also had the cap of a businessman by managing several restaurants. He was the owner of the Boucherie establishment in Old Montreal, but also the manager of the famous Restaurant Hélène-de-Champlain, closed since 2010.
Mr. Marcotte had two sons, one with singer Shirley Théroux and the other with his first wife, singer Ginette Ravel.