French businessman and former Olympique de Marseille chairman Tapie has died

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PARIS, Oct 3 (Businesshala) – Bernard Tapie, a French businessman and former Olympique de Marseille (OM) president who led the football club to the Champions League title in 1993, died on Sunday at the age of 78.

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The death was announced by Tapi’s family, French politicians and the Om soccer club.

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“Olympique de Marseille learns with deep sadness the passing of Bernard Tapi. He will leave a great void in Marseille’s hearts and will forever remain in the legend of the club,” Om said in a statement.

Prime Minister Jean Casteux had earlier paid tribute to a government minister in the 1990s, describing Tapi as a “fighter”.

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Tapi, whose business interests include a stake in sportswear company Adidas, had been suffering from colon cancer for several years.

A charismatic president of Marseille from 1986 to 1994, he was at the helm when OM beat AC Milan 1–0 in the final of the Champions League. He was later jailed for corruption in the match-fixing scandal in the French First Class.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Gilles Guillaume Editing by Francis Carey

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