Élise Béliveau told the paper she was surprised to learn from a friend that one French-language internet report listed her 83-year-old husband in critical condition last week.
In a tweet, Béliveau was described as being “very ill,” and reported his dramatic weight loss in graphic detail, according to the paper.
“I just thought: ‘What the heck is that?’ Élise Béliveau, who has been married to Jean Béliveau for 61 years, told the paper. “Jean has been sick. He’s had pneumonia, he’s recuperating from it, he has his good days and his bad days and that’s it.”