Jean-Luc Delarue “unrecognizable”: Marc Olivier Fogiel, shocked, did not recognize him a few months before his death

On Wednesday August 24, 2022, TF1 broadcast the documentary “Jean-Luc Delarue: 10 years already, of excess success”. For the occasion, relatives of the star host testified about the last months of his life.

On August 23, 2012, Jean-Luc Delarue was died at the age of 48. The star host of French television, whose reputation had been marred by his addictions, was suffering from cancer of the stomach and peritoneum. Ten years after his death, TF1 unveiled an unreleased documentary titled “Jean-Luc Delarue: 10 years already, of excess success“. The latter looks back on the life of the television producer through testimonies and unpublished images.

The creator of the production company Reservoir Prod made his last public appearance in January 2012, on the occasion of Paris Fashion Week. At the time, already very weakened by his cancer, Jean-Luc Delarue had attended the event with his companion, Anissa Khelifi. A moment to which Marc-Olivier Fogiel returned in the documentary. He explained that he had met his friend at the Dior show and that he was completely transformed. “He was unrecognizable and he saw that I was surprised, that I had almost recognized him. And he told me ‘eh yeah, that’s life” he recalled. A particularly difficult moment for the general manager of BFM.

Jean-Luc Delarue had announced his cancer shortly before his death

On December 2, 2011, a few months before his death, Jean-Luc Delarue announced that he was suffering from cancer during a press conference organized at the headquarters of France Télévisions. The star presenter of the 1990s who decided to start chemotherapyalso wanted to inform Stéphanie Guérin of her state of health.

For the one who was her headset on the set of the show It is discussed, the announcement of Jean-Luc Delarue had been a real shock. She came back to the sequence of events in the documentary TF1 : “He calls me in the morning and he tells me ‘Stef, my stomach hurts too much, I think I have to go to the emergency room’ (…) And I come back from Plaine-Saint-Denis a evening after the shooting, it must be 10 p.m. I’m in my taxi, he calls me and he says to me: ‘Stef, vital prognosis engaged, you know what it is cancer and I’m not talking about cancer, I ‘I have two cancers, you see that you have to be spectacular in life’“.

The sudden death of the star host of French television

A few weeks before his death, Jean-Luc Delarue decided to marry Anissa Khelifi, his companion since 2011. On May 12, 2012, their marriage is celebrated in Belle-Ile-en-Mer, in Brittany. At this time, the 48-year-old is already described as “dying“, “emaciated” or “staggering like a zombie“. Relatives of the one who was previously described as the “ideal son-in-law” no longer recognize him. Shortly after, he is hospitalized, because his state of health deteriorates further. Stéphanie Guérin returned to a particularly trying visit to the American hospital. “I hadn’t seen him for a few days and he was transformed, he wasn’t the same man anymore, he was swollen with cortisone, so it’s hard for us to see him like that, it’s a shock“.

A month before his disappearance, Jean-Luc Delarue had been victim of a hoax launched on Twitter, announcing his death. Finally, he died on August 23, 2012, after being rushed the day before to the American hospital in Neuilly. His funeral is scheduled for August 29 at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, in Paris. The one who was known for his show”It’s a story” is finally buried in the cemetery of Thiais, in the Val-de-Marne. His grave is locatedin a division of the cemetery where the tombs of Muslim families are grouped“.

Controversies around Jean-Luc Delarue

Before his death, Jean-Luc Delarue had been talked about several times. After one failed suicide attempt in 1994, the man will immerse himself in alcohol and drugs. In 2010, he was forced to reveal his addiction to cocaine after the police seized nearly 16 grams of drug at his home. In his book, he had claimed that his arrest had been his “lifeline“before entrusting:”I had no other way out than death“. In the end, it was probably his heavy drug use that was responsible for his devastating cancer. Stéphanie Guérin also explained on this subject: “He was in pain, since if the drug had quite anesthetized his physical pain, when he stopped taking drugs, everything came back to the surface very quickly.“.

In addition to his addictions, the television host had caused controversy after shocking statements. In 2009, he had to apologize publicly after asking Yamina Benguigui: “You want me to hold your globe… or your globes?“in full Crystal Globes ceremony. In February 2007, this is his behavior “aggressive and abusivewhich had earned him a three-day citizenship course. Around that time, he had insulted and attempted to bite and slap flight attendants on a flight to South Africa.

A widely disputed legacy

Finally, after the death of Jean-Luc Delarue, it is his family which will be torn apart around his inheritance. Indeed, the man with cancer had decided to change his will a few months before his death. He had thus designated Anissa Khelifi as his main heiress and his son, Jean, born of his relationship with Élisabeth Bost as heir to another part of his fortune. He also made sure to remove the mother of her son from the inheritance by appointing his collaborator Arnaud Gachy as sole manager of his son’s fortune, until his majority. Many elements which had finally decided Élisabeht Bost and the father of Jean-Luc Delarue to file a complaint against Anissa Khelifi.

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