Star volleyball and pétanque commentator of L’Équipe channel, journalist Xavier Richefort died on Friday July 22 at the age of 59.
The newspaper L’Équipe is in mourning. This Friday, July 22, the sports media announced the terrible news. The former volleyball player turned sports commentator on the L’Équipe channel, Xavier Richefort, died at the age of 59, after a heart attack. A tragedy occurred when the journalist was commenting this weekend on the Final 8 of the Nations League volleyball, a competition in which the French team participated. “Xavier Richefort loves life, people and words, and he loves volleyball. […] His joie de vivre and his kind words endeared him to his colleagues as well as the audience. For volleyball players, the journalist is a real member of the family”, wrote the sports media in a special editorial.
Former professional volleyball player, Xavier Richefort was crowned French champion with PSG-Asnières in 1993 and winner of the Coupe de France with the same club in 1994. When his sports career was over, the man, from Poitiers, decided to -focus on journalism. After working at L’Équipe TV, Eurosport and Orange Sport, Xavier Richefort finally returned to the L’Équipe channel in 2012, where viewers could hear his voice during volleyball matches and petanque. At the same time, Xavier Richefort also has a little acting career. He appeared in Xavier Gélin’s film, The ideal personreleased in 1997, or in the clip I pulled the trigger in the rap group NTM in 1993.
Rain of tributes for Xavier Richefort
After the announcement of his death, tributes poured in to express their deep sorrow and salute the memory of Xavier Richefort. “The horror. My partner, my friend just left us. A thought for his children. Nothing like before. I miss you, rest in paradise”, wrote for example Jean-Luc Robert, his bocce sidekick on the L’Équipe channel. “Xavier has been a member of the pétanque family for many years. His voice, his laugh, his good humor are all reasons to be thankful to see him at our big events. He knows how to promote our core discipline. More than a great sportsman and a television personality, we have lost a friend today. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.“, declared for his part Michel Le Bot, president of the French Federation of petanque and Provençal sports in a press release. The players of the French volleyball team, who are very close to the journalist, did not miss anything that was not ‘y reaction to the terrible news. , live on the team’s show in the evening.”It is important for all of us to come together tonight to pay tribute to him. He was someone I knew from a very young age. He is a person who believes in our generation very quickly, who always supports us. We will miss him“, said the volleyball superstar, specifically, Earvin Ngapeth.