Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau is recovering at home after suffering from pneumonia, his wife Élise Béliveau told the Montreal Gazette on Sunday.
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.”
Just spoke with Élise Béliveau. Jean is recovering from a bout of pneumonia; frankly, she's fed up w/ those spreading rumours... 1/2 #Habs— @Dave_Stubbs
Jean Béliveau suffered a stroke in 2012.
Nicknamed Le gros Bill, Béliveau won 10 Stanley Cups while playing with the Habs,
Béliveau retired in 1971 after playing his entire NHL career in Montreal, capping it all with an unexpected Stanley Cup.
He scored 507 goals during his career, adding 712 assists for a total of 1,219 points. He was elected into the hockey's Hall of Fame in 1972.