“Far too young”… Sandra Lou’s secrets about Frank Geney (Le Groupe), who died aged 34

An actor, a cult series, a story… In Sericonic, the podcast of Télé 7 jours, iconic television actors and actresses meet to immerse themselves in their series. The one who revealed them, which made them win the hearts of the French or who gave a new lease of life to their already busy careers…

After Bruno Debrandt (Caïn), Bruno Solo (Caméra Café), Samuel Le Bihan (Alex Hugo), Amélie Etasse (Household Scenes), Catherine Benguigui (H), and more recently Louise Monot (Life Before Us), it was Sandra Lou’s turn to play with, reminiscing about her memories of the series The group. Launched in 2001 by Jean-Luc Azoulay, this Helen and the boys new generation followed the daily lives of six students: Sandra, Barbara, Géraldine, Fred, Julien and Jérémy. When their performers, Sandra Lou, Barbara Cabrita, Géraldine Lapalus, Frank Geney, Julien Zuccolin and Jérémy Michalak, remained friends long after the series ended, tragedy suddenly robbed the band of a band of its own. In 2013, Frank Geney died of cardiac arrest at the age of 34.

It was horrible“, Sandra confides to Lou.”You never expect to lose someone young, ever. And that kind of broke the band of six. We’re only five. And most importantly, it’s terrible what I’m about to say, but we were wondering, ‘Okay, who’s going to be next?’ We know it will inevitably happen at some point. And we know that each of us will go to the funeral of one or the other. Because we’re so close that we’re going.”

At the time, it was Jérémy Michalak who announced the sad news to Sandra Lou. “I thought he was giving me another joke because he was really boring with his crappy jokes, she continues. Very quickly I did not understand. Because he was very moved and started to cry. And it was difficult because it is accidental and radical. And then it’s too young, much too young.”

Sandra Lou remembers Frank Geney as someone who “ate life to the fullest”and tenderly recalls an anecdote about his funeral…”There was a whole line of all his exes who were there. There were many little chicks we knew who all looked at each other like ‘Ah, you too?’ It was a bit embarrassing, but in the end the parents made a joke of it…”

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