Ice Hockey Star Gilles Lupien’s Cause of Death Reported as Cancer

A sports agent and Canadian former ice hockey defenceman Joseph Leonard Gilles Lupien’s cause of death has been revealed by his son after he reportedly passed away at the age of 67. Rest in peace.

His son Erik Lupien confirmed the heartbreaking news on Twitter, writing, ” I regret to announce the passing of our father Gilles Lupien”

He kicked off his sports career in 1977 with the Montreal Canadiens, and later starred for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Hartford Whalers. His resume included two Stanley Cups winning with Montreal in 1978 and 1979.

Erik Lupien's tweet Gilles Lupien's cause of death was his cancer
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Lupien later became a professional hockey agent and represented Steve Bernier, Corey Crawford, Sean Couturier, and Roberto Luongo.

Born on April 20, 1954, in Lachute, Quebec, Canada, Gilles was a ex owner of the Longueuil Chevaliers, and the Victoriaville Tigres. He was also the agent for an anonymous player from the Drummondville Voltigeurs who contacted him about sexual advances by the team’s coach Jean Bégin.

Gilles Lupien later reported the events to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, although, the matter was disregarded as the league announced there was no evidence of misconduct while Bégin was later sentenced.

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Gilles Lupien’s Cause of Death Relates to his Illness

According to the Hockey agent for Sports Prospect inc. Erik Lupien‘s tweet Gilles Lupien’s cause of death was his cancer; His son said, “he had fought cancer courageously as he had lived his life. A man of exceptional righteousness. Dad we love you.”

Obviously, Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; although, fans remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts and minds even after their passing.

Erik Lupien's tweet Gilles Lupien's cause of death was his cancer
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US day News’ team offers their deepest sympathies for beloved Gilles Lupien’s family, friends, fans, teammates, and all of his loved ones during this hard period. Please kindly leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor Gilles.

More about Gilles Lupien

Playing with Montreal from 1977 to 1980 and spending time with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Hartford Whalers, Lupien was a legend in the hockey world for about 50 years.

The Montreal Canadiens released a statement, saying, “Gilles Lupien is survived by his daughters Jennifer and Catherine, his son Erik, his grandchildren Izac, Evan, Maelle, Charles and Livia, as well as numerous friends and former teammates. The family would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences and kindly requests that its privacy be respected during this time of grief.”

Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played For Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartford Whalers
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1974
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 71st overall, 1974
Toronto Toros
Playing Career 1971–1982

Reactions to Death of Gilles Lupien

Immediately after the tragic news of Gilles Lupien’s passing due to cancer was released, many of his friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes and the sharing legend’s photos.

A user wrote, “RIP Gilles Lupien…former Hab, Whaler and Nova Scotia Voyageur.”

Someone replied Erik’s tweet, saying, “Blessings to you and your family Erik, I am an original member of the Lupien Fan Club, we loved your dad and got to meet him a few times. We will always be the Gilles Lupien Fan Club.”

American Hockey League official Twitter account announced, “Gilles Lupien was a two-time #CalderCup champion with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs. Our condolences to all on his passing.”

Erik Lupien's tweet Gilles Lupien's cause of death was his cancer
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Another tweeted, “Really sad to hear about the passing of Gilles Lupien. He was a tough, team player that everyone liked. As a teammate, we always knew he had our back. The team spent hours after practice playing cards and getting to know each other. Life goes by pretty quick. All my condolences.”


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