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Marcel Dube in 1972.

Antoine D'Esilets

Well-known Quebec playwright Marcel Dube, whose works often appeared on television, has died at the age of 86.

Dube passed away in his sleep Thursday after a long illness, the Magnus Poirier funeral home said in a statement.

His plays included "Un simple soldat," "Les Beaux Dimanches," "Bilan," "Zone" and "Florence."

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As well as writing for the stage, Dube wrote plays directly for TV before they were adapted for a theatre audience.

He was diagnosed in the early '70s with Crohn's disease, which kept him away from the literary scene for five years.

Dube was the first person to hold the position of secretary in the newly formed Conseil de la langue francaise between 1977 and 1979.

Parti Quebecois premiers Rene Levesque and Jacques Parizeau would later name him to various organizations that promoted and defended the French language.

In the late '90s, he suffered from throat cancer which he eventually beat.

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