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Tributes poured in Tuesday for ex-federal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre following his death in a plane crash in eastern Quebec.

Many well-known Quebec journalists posted messages on social media during the day, begging Lapierre to say something to deny rumours he was on board the plane.

Lapierre, his wife and other members of his family died as they headed to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine for his father’s funeral.

Lapierre tweeted about his father’s death on Monday.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who worked with Lapierre when they were both MPs in Paul Martin’s Liberal government, said the popular pundit was able to explain politics to Quebecers in a simple, succinct way.

“He was above all a communicator,” Coderre told reporters at a news conference at city hall. “He could say a lot in a few words. He used his colourful commentary to make us understand (politics) in few words and left no one indifferent.”

Politicians of all stripes also weighed in on the death of the 59-year-old, who first served as a Liberal MP in 1979 before switching to the Bloc Quebecois in 1990.

Many in the media also offered their condolences:

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