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Yves Saint Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé has died, aged 86

Yves Saint Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé has died, aged 86

His foundation announced the news today (8 Sept)

The business mind behind Yves Saint Laurent has died aged 86.

Pierre Bergé was a prominent LGBT rights campaigner.

He died in his sleep earlier today (8 Sept) at 5am.

Bergé and his partner Yves Saint Laurent were joined in a civil union days before the Saint Laurent died of a brain tumour in 2008.

Bergé donated AIDS research.

He was at his country home in southern France when he passed away.

Former French culture minister Jack Lang called Bergé a ‘true prince of the arts and culture.’

He said: ‘He was a magician who made his life and those who he loved a symphony of happiness,

‘Pierre Bergé was above all a marvelous and loyal friend… who was there to take on all the good fights, the noble causes, in particular, to provide the means for research to defeat AIDS.’