Cartouche, Le Crabe-Tambour, L’Indiscrétion, Prêt-à-Porter… Over the course of his career, actor Jean Rochefort has become an emblematic figure of French cinema, like other tenors such as Jean- Paul Belmondo or Alain Delon.

The comedian, who started out in the theatre, was awarded multiple times and toured until the last years of his life. “During the filming of The Artist and His Model, I had really decided that I would do nothing more after this film. Now I am less certain. If I come across something that makes me want to share it with my contemporaries, maybe I’ll start again, if my body allows me to,” he said in 2013 during an interview with Première.

A fine film career that was turned upside down in August 2016. That summer, Jean Rochefort was hospitalized in Paris following “abdominal pain”, his agent Françoise Salimov told AFP. On October 9, 2017, the actor died at the age of 87 while hospitalized in Saint-Joseph hospital. He reportedly battled illness and succumbed to cancer, Closer reports.

On her social networks, her daughter Clémence had published a tender message for her late father. “To your modesty, your generosity, your sensitivity, your self-mockery, your shyness, your doubts, your exclusivity, your passions, your humor, your “shocks”, your kindness and so much other things…I will miss you every moment of my life. Love you forever,” she wrote.

Jean Rochefort’s funeral took place on October 13, 2017 at the Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin church before being buried in the Grosrouvre cemetery in the Yvelines.