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Angelina Langlois, mom of 'Dancing Gabe,' dead at 84

The mother of the man who has been a fixture in the stands at Winnipeg pro-sports events for over 30 years has died.

Gabriel Langlois has been a fixture in the stands at Winnipeg rinks, stadiums for over 30 years

Angelina Langois, 84, died on Saturday in Winnipeg. (Daniel Perron)

The mother of the man who has been a fixture in the stands at Winnipeg pro-sports events for over 30 years has died.

Angelina Langlois, the mother of "Dancing Gabe" Langlois, died over the weekend. She was 84.

Author Daniel Perron became close with the Langlois family ahead of the release of a 2015 biography he wrote about Gabe. 
Angelina Langois (right) holds the biography by Daniel Perron (centre) written about her son Gabe Langois. (Mike Langois)

Perron worked closely with Angelina in that time.

"[She] basically accepted me in the family like an adopted son, not that she needed a seventh kid," Perron said. "The book would not have been possible without her because a lot of the stories and recollections came from her."

Part of the book on Gabe's life focuses on Angelina. She was a strong woman who helped keep the family together in the hardest of times, Perron said.

"She was the rock of that family. When her husband passed away ... she had to look after that whole family," Perron said.

"I was so impressed with her, the kind of spirit she had and faith and devotion to her family — and especially to Gabe."

She had fought through cancer four times prior to finally succumbing to the disease Saturday, Perron added.

Dancing Gabe supporters tweeted their condolences to the family Tuesday.

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