He was a lodestar, an absolute blaze of talent. He was revered by millions and they nicknamed him 'Angel'. We met him in Paris and he was so, so sweet--so frail by way of illness that he could barely stand at times. Yet he fought on until the very end, and left us aged just twenty-three.
On 3 May 2007--an auspicious occasion and a memorable one, the twentieth anniversary of Dalida's death, Greg's parents announced that they were opening a fund in his memory. 'L'Association Gregory Lemarchal' has so far raised over 20 million euros to help sufferers of cystic fibrosis. They take nothing out of the fund for themselves, and are universally praised for their fortitude as caring parents. EVERY LAST CENT goes to these poor people, mostly youngsters, in the hope that a cure might be found for this dreadful illness.
Greg was in hospital, and succumbed to the after-effects of a simple cold. Two hours later, the lungs and heart arrived for a transplant. Half a million people attended his funeral.
Today, those who loved him remember their 'Angel'. Bisous, Greg!