National Newswatch

After a difficult year that included a high-profile divorce and a custody battle that forced him to quit politics, tragedy has once again struck Quebec media magnate Pierre Karl Péladeau.

His new girlfriend, Marie-Christine Couture, was found dead Wednesday in her Montreal home. Police believe it was a suicide.

“Police received a call at 6:30 a.m. concerning a woman who had made worrying statements to her family members. Arriving at the scene, they found the dead body of a 33-year-old woman. The hypothesis being investigated at the moment is that it was a voluntary act,” said police spokesperson Benoît Boisselle.

Péleadeau was at the scene and was inside the Couture home in the morning while officers investigated the death. He emerged around 11:30 a.m. looking exhausted.

The home belonged to Couture, a former owner of the Laurier Gordon Ramsay restaurant, as well as Daniel Lacombe, a little-known businessman who is active in the restaurant and food distribution industries.

Lacombe and Couture had been in a common-law relationship since 2009. They had two children together and lived in the home in Montreal’s Outremont neighbourhood.

They were to have begun official separation procedures on Tuesday, according to Lacombe. He had contacted La Presse by telep

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