There is sadness in France today over the sudden death of General Jean-Louis Zorgelin, the man who had been put in charge of rebuilding Notre Dame, the iconic church that was almost completely destroyed by fire three years ago.

74-year-old Jean-Louis Zorzelin died in an accident while hiking in the Pyrenees. The death of General Jean-Louis Georgelain was announced by the French media and confirmed by the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron.

“The nation is losing one of its great soldiers. France, one of her great servants. And Notre Dame, the architect of its renaissance,” Macron wrote on social networking site X, formerly Twitter.

A famous landmark, the cathedral has been closed for restoration and restoration since a fire in April 2019 destroyed its roof and spire.

Authorities hope to reopen the cathedral by 2024, when the French capital will host the Olympics.

Notre Dame will be restored to its previous design, including the 96-meter-high bell tower designed by architect Essen Viollet-le-Dick in the mid-1800s.