04/08/2015 04:37 EDT | Updated 06/08/2015 01:12 EDT

NewsAlert: The archbishop on Montreal, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, dead at 78

MONTREAL - Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, who oversaw the funerals of Maurice Richard and Pierre Elliott Trudeau during his 22 years as archbishop of Montreal, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 78.A statement from the Archdiocese of Montreal says Turcotte died today (Wednesday) at Marie-Clarac Hospital in Montreal.Turcotte was hospitalized in the summer of 2014 and was admitted to a palliative care unit last March 24.More to come.