MONTREAL -- Quebec writer Gaetan Soucy has died of a heart attack.
His publisher said in a statement that Soucy died in Montreal on Tuesday at the age of 54.
Soucy's best-known novel was La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes, which was translated into English as The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches.
The 1998 book was translated into numerous languages.
He also wrote three other novels: L'Immaculee Conception (The Immaculate Conception), L'Acquittement (Atonement) and Music-Hall! (Vaudeville!).
The Immaculate Conception was shortlisted for the 2006 Giller Prize, which was won that year by Vincent Lam for Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures.
Soucy taught philosophy at a college near Montreal.
He is survived by his daughter Sayaka and his parents, as well as six brothers and sisters.
--The Canadian Press