November 23, 2020

Pierre Bergé Dies at 86

PARIS — Pierre Bergé, the partner of Yves Saint Laurent and a powerhouse figure in French culture and politics, has died at the age of 86 after a long illness.
Bergé died in his sleep in the early hours of Friday at home in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent said in a statement.
Bergé’s death comes just weeks before the inauguration of two Yves Saint Laurent museums in Paris and Marrakech, which the entrepreneur considered the culmination of his life’s work promoting the talent of the couturier whose life was intertwined with his own.
At a press conference in June unveiling the finished projects, Bergé appeared in a wheelchair looking considerably weaker after a stay in hospital. The entrepreneur had been public about his struggle with muscular dystrophy.
Bergé founded the Yves Saint Laurent couture house with the designer in 1961 and ran it until 2002. A businessman, collector and patron of the arts, he held many positions of influence. A co-owner of French newspaper Le Monde, he was also the founder of AIDS charity Sidaction and former president of the Paris Opera.
Bergé and Saint Laurent capitalized on Saint Laurent’s creative genius as well as Bergé’s business know-how to form

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