François Jean, drummer for the group Les BB, died at the age of 60, SMAC Communications confirmed on Monday. “It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of François Jean, who died in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, November 16, 2020”, we read in a press release sent in the afternoon.
The news had begun to circulate a little earlier in the morning, from the pen of his former spouse and still friend and accomplice, Marie Carmen, on behalf of the artist’s wife, Mélissa Nadeau. “Heart to pieces. I have the terrible regret to announce the death of my precious friend François Jean. My man, my brother, my love ”, she wrote on her Facebook page, specifying that she would not make“ any other comment and grant[ait] no interview ”.
No details were given as to the cause of his death. The musician is survived by his wife, Mélissa Nadeau, and his young daughter, Frédérique. The family and relatives of François Jean have said they wish to mourn in privacy and will not comment on this. Mme Nadeau however wanted to thank “the many fans of François” for their “expressions of affection” as well as the “friends and colleagues” who shared moments of his “life dedicated to the service of music from here”.
Born in Saint-Paul-l’Ermite on August 30, 1960, François Jean enjoyed immense success within the BBs, mainly in the 1990s, in the company of his accomplices Patrick Bourgeois and Alain Lapointe. Among their successes are Be careful, you’re in the moon, Loulou and Give me my luck. BB singer Patrick Bourgeois succumbed to colorectal cancer on November 26, 2017.
Quebec Minister of Culture Nathalie Roy offered her condolences to François Jean’s family and friends on her Twitter account. The Liberal MP for Verdun, Isabelle Melançon, did the same, adding that this departure is also “a great loss for Quebec music”.
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