Tributes pour in for Quebec film entrepreneur Daniel Langlois and his partner reportedly killed in Dominica

By News Staff & The Canadian Press

Tributes are pouring in for Quebec businessman and philanthropist Daniel Langlois after he and his partner, Dominique Marchand, were found dead in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica.

The Daniel Langlois Foundation updated its website today to say the founder of film software company Softimage and his partner died “in tragic circumstances” on Friday near the luxury eco-resort they owned – named Coulibri Ridge Resort.

According to local news source Dominica News Online – remains believed to be the couple’s were found in a burnt vehicle on Dec. 1, 2023, after the couple had been reported missing.

They also had a foundation to help rebuild communities on the island after natural disasters.

The circumstances surrounding their deaths remain unclear.

Reports are that four suspects have been taken into custody for questioning as the investigation is ongoing.

Born in 1957 in Jonquiere, Que., Langlois was the founder of Softimage, whose 3D technology was used to create special effects in “Jurassic Park,” “Titanic,” “Lord of the Rings” and more.

He had spent many years living in Dominica, located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, where he and Marchand owned a luxury off-grid hotel.

Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge described Langlois as “a visionary” in digital technologies and cinema, whose innovative spirit will leave a lasting impact.

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