Denis Brogniart is in mourning. The host of Koh-Lanta paid tribute to a loved one, Xavier Rivoire, who died suddenly this Sunday, September 5.
It’s a Denis Brogniart in mourning that his fans find on Instagram, this Monday, September 6. Indeed, the host of Koh Lanta mourns the disappearance of a loved one: “Xavier Rivoire has left us. My Xavier, as I liked to call you, I was devastated when I learned that you left. You were a singular, rare being, an accomplice in life with whom we could talk about everything”, he begins by writing, in the caption of a photo of Decathlon’s communications director. The flagship host of TF1 returned to the circumstances of their meeting : “We met young journalists, sports enthusiasts at Europe 1, 30 years ago, then we took different paths without ever leaving each other like old friends. You have always impressed me with your eclecticism, your curiosity, your flair, your erudition and your wonderful listening skills “.
Denis Brogniart, collapsed by this sudden loss, remember the last time they saw each other : “My Xavier, there is still a week, we stalled a back-to-school dinner. I will never forget our last meeting in mid-July, you arrived in a suit and tie and in front of my surprise to see you like that, you got me I said, I went to pick up my daughter at the Gare du Nord coming back from London. We laughed, you were always a little in your world that you opened up to us. Today I think of your family. My grief is huge. RIP Xavier “.
A brutal disappearance
Xavier Rivoire died suddenly this Sunday, September 5, at the age of 53. A former journalist, he became director of communication and press relations for the Decathlon brand. For 16 years he worked for the team and France Football, for which he covered English football. In 2018, the former journalist became director of communication and events at the French National Olympic and Sports Committee.. His death was a shock to those close to him but also for the media and sports world. Since the announcement of his disappearance, tributes follow one another on social networks.