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Uncle Jacques Villeneuve suffering from cancer

The Journal de Montreal published some sad news May 6th: Uncle Jacques Villeneuve, Gilles’ younger brother, suffers from cancer.

Uncle Jacques, aged 60, raced his snowmobile in Valcourt and Trois-Rivieres this past winter. However, he admitted yesterday that he did not feel well at the time.

Villeneuve is a two-time Formula Atlantic series’ and Can-Am champion. He also raced in the Indy Car series, and even got a small taste of Formula 1 back in the ‘80s.

“Jacques Sr” was suffering from abdominal pain when he decided to consult his doctor a few weeks ago. He learned that he has a type of intestinal cancer.

Villeneuve will return to the hospital next week and his doctor will evaluate a treatment.

“What’s not encouraging is that I’ve been told that the cancer is well advanced. I have little chance of recovering,” Villeneuve told the Journal de Montreal.

We wish him good luck. He’s a great fighter.

Uncle Jacques Villeneuve, 1986 Indy 500
Uncle Jacques Villeneuve, 1986 Indy 500 (Photo: IMS)