The voice of volleyball and petanque died out. Xavier Richefort died at the age of 59. His faithful sidekick, Jean-Luc Robert, who commented with him on petanque, announced the news in a message posted on Facebook this Friday, July 22: “The horror. My partner, my friend, has just left us. A thought for his children. Nothing will be how before! I’ll miss you. Rest in peace in the paradise of the good guys.“
A former professional volleyball player, Xavier Richefort was crowned French champion with PSG-Asnières in 1993 and winner of the Coupe de France with the same club in 1994. It was after his career as a high-level sportsman that the man from Poitiers turned to journalism. After appearances on L’Équipe TV, Eurosport and Orange Sport, Xavier Richefort returned to La Chaîne L’Équipe in 2012, where he commented mainly on volleyball and petanque. Xavier Richefort also had an acting career, notably having played in The ideal man directed by Xavier Gélin in 1997, or by being the main character of the clip I pull the trigger of the rap group NTM in 1993.
On social networks, tributes have multiplied following the announcement of the death of Xavier Richefort. “Xavier had become a member of the pétanque family over the years. His voice, his laughter, his good humor were all reasons to appreciate seeing him at our major events. He knew how to highlight our flagship discipline. Much more than a great sportsman and a man of television, we lose a friend today. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.“, said Michel Le Bot, president of the French Federation of petanque and Provençal game in a press release.
The former EquipeTV are inconsolable. We lost a friend. A friend with a hoarse voice, with lyrical flights, with intact passion. When I started out, by his side, I was never far from a fit of laughter. Today there remain our memories. Sweet thoughts to his sons ❤️ #Xavier
– Gaelle Millon (@G_Millon1982) July 22, 2022
Xavier Richefort benevolence embodied a deep sadness overwhelms me …… rest in peace
— GillesFavard (@GillesFavard) July 22, 2022
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Xavier Richefort, iconic commentator of volleyball in France.
The MHSCVB club thinks today of his family and loved ones and sends them its deepest condolences.
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— MHSC-VB (@MHSCVolley) July 22, 2022