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Funeral for Jean Lapierre and other relatives to be held April 8

The wreckage of the plane has been sent to a TSB laboratory in Ottawa for examination


 
The wreckage of an airplane lies in a field Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Havre-aux-Maison, Quebec. The crashed Tuesday off an island in eastern Quebec killed several people, Quebec provincial police said. Among those killed was former federal cabinet minister and political commentator Jean Lapierre. (David Noel/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The wreckage of an airplane lies in a field Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Havre-aux-Maison, Quebec. (David Noel/The Canadian Press via AP)

 

CAP-AUX-MEULES, Que. — A funeral for former federal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre and five of his relatives will be held next Friday.

The service for the ex-political commentator, his wife Nicole Beaulieu, his father, his two brothers and one of his sisters will take place in Bassin, Lapierre’s hometown in Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

His father, Raymond Lapierre, died of Parkinson’s disease just a few days before the five others lost their lives in a plane crash on Tuesday as they headed to eastern Quebec.

The Lapierre and Beaulieu families issued a statement Friday to say media will not be allowed into the ceremony.

Another service for Lapierre and Beaulieu will be held in Montreal on April 16. Details on whether reporters will have access to that ceremony will be released later.

The bodies of the pilot and co-pilot, who also both died in the crash, are to be sent to Montreal for autopsies to determine whether the accident may have been caused by a sudden health problem.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the crash, which occurred in high winds.

 


 

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