Bernard Tapie died this Sunday, aged 78, from cancer. The announcement was made by the family, in a statement.
Former French minister and businessman Bernard Tapie died at the age of 78, of cancer, family members told the communication group today Provence, of which the president of Marseilles was the majority shareholder.
“Dominique Tapie and her children have the infinite pain of announcing the death of her husband and father, Bernard Tapie, this Sunday, October 3, at 8:40 am [horário local, 07:40 em Lisboa], as a result of a cancer”, indicated the family of the former television presenter, deputy and MEP.
“left in peace, surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and brother, present at his bedside. He expressed his desire to be buried in Marseille, his city of the heart”, the statement reads.
No Instagram, Stéphane Tapie, one of his sons, confirmed the information in a short message, “Goodbye my Phoenix”, as a caption for a photo with his father.
Between 1986 and 1993, the Frenchman was ahead of Olympique de Marseille. The French football club also reacted to the news in the Twitter.
“Olympique de Marseille learned with deep sadness that Bernard Tapie has disappeared. It will leave a great emptiness in the heart of Marseilles”, the publication reads.
Bernard Tapie, a man with a thousand faces who throughout his life ran companies and the media and presided over Marseille, which led to the title of European football champion in 1992/93, before being barred from managing functions in 1994, for economic and sporting irregularities.
It has become the target of media attention in recent decades for its involvement in various court scandals.