QUEBEC - Former Quebec City mayor Jean-Paul L'Allier has died at the age of 77.

He died early Tuesday at the city's Hotel Dieu de Quebec hospital following a brief illness.

L'Allier, a native of Hudson, Que., served as mayor from 1989 to 2005.

He was also the minister of communications and cultural affairs in the first government of then-premier Robert Bourassa in the 1970s.