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November 2, 1987 | Associated Press
Former Quebec Premier Rene Levesque, a leader in the province's failed fight to secede from Canada, died of a heart attack Sunday night. He was 65. "He had heart problems," a Montreal police spokesman, Constable Marcel Allard, said. "He was rushed to hospital and died." Levesque reportedly suffered a heart attack around 9 p.m. while entertaining guests in his home. Attempts by ambulance attendants and doctors at the Montreal General Hospital to revive him were unsuccessful.
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November 2, 1987 | Associated Press
Former Quebec Premier Rene Levesque, a leader in the province's failed fight to secede from Canada, died of a heart attack Sunday night. He was 65. "He had heart problems," a Montreal police spokesman, Constable Marcel Allard, said. "He was rushed to hospital and died." Levesque reportedly suffered a heart attack around 9 p.m. while entertaining guests in his home. Attempts by ambulance attendants and doctors at the Montreal General Hospital to revive him were unsuccessful.
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January 11, 1985 | Associated Press
Quebec Premier Rene Levesque has been admitted to Enfant-Jesus Hospital in Quebec City for a series of medical tests after cutting short a Caribbean vacation by one week, his office said today. A spokesman in the 62-year-old premier's office declined to say what the medical tests are for. Aides to Levesque described as unfounded published reports that the chain-smoking premier is suffering from lung cancer.
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June 4, 1985
Liberals in Canada's Quebec province won four special legislative elections as voters rejected Parti Quebecois candidates in the party's former strongholds. The Liberal victories were a blow to the already weakened political fortunes of the Parti Quebecois and Premier Rene Levesque, who has been under pressure to resign. Liberal Robert Bourassa, a former premier defeated by the Parti Quebecois almost a decade ago, won in Bertrand, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.
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June 21, 1985 | Associated Press
Premier Rene Levesque, who led French-speaking Quebec province in a campaign for separation from Canada, announced Thursday that he is quitting as leader of the provincial government. Levesque, 62, submitted his resignation as president of the Parti Quebecois, which he founded in 1968. He led the movement to its greatest electoral triumph in 1976, when the Parti Quebecois upset the govering Liberals to take power, but he never succeeded in pressing his separatist ambitions to fruition.
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February 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Claude Ryan, 79, a former political leader in Quebec who successfully fought against the province's separation from Canada, died of cancer Monday in a Montreal hospital. Ryan was best known across Canada as the leader of the provincial federalist forces that defeated then-Quebec Premier Rene Levesque in the 1980 referendum on separation. "His intellectual rigor and natural curiosity made him one of the leading public figures of his time," Prime Minister Paul Martin said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1985
Rene Levesque, who announced his resignation as Quebec's premier last week, put his stamp on the politics of both his province and his country for nearly two decades. He and former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau were the principal antagonists as Quebec wrestled with its massive identity crisis, and it is somehow fitting that both players will have left the stage at roughly the same time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1985
The Canadian province of Quebec today holds its first election in 16 years in which the overriding question pertains neither to language nor to the dissolution of its bonds with Canada. There is a new cast of characters in Quebec to wrestle with an old issue: what to do about the economy. After the departure of its founder, Rene Levesque, in September, the Parti Quebecois selected Pierre Marc Johnson as its leader and therefore the provincial premier.
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June 22, 1985 | Associated Press
The campaign to succeed Quebec Premier Rene Levesque opened Friday, sparking a contest that could determine whether the Parti Quebecois returns to the hard-line separatism Levesque eventually rejected. The premier, whose vision of taking Quebec out of Canada to become an independent French-speaking nation fell short in a decisive referendum in May, 1980, submitted his resignation as party chief just before midnight Thursday.
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