Justin Trudeau is actually the eldest of three brothers, one of which died tragically in a skiing accident in his prime, at the young age of 23.

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Michel Trudeau was on a backcountry skiing adventure with friends in 1998 when he was swept in a split second by an avalanche into a frozen lake where he drowned. His body was never recovered.

Yesterday was Michel Trudeau's birthday, he would have been 43.  Justin Trudeau posted a homage to his little brother his Instagram account and Twitter.

It was a simple but heart-wrenching message.  Followers in the thousands from all over the world have been reacting to Trudeau's touching and heartfelt post.  

The Tweet alone received 39K likes.  Looks like people everywhere are sending our Prime Minister their condolences. 

Some tear-jerking messages like these were shared in response to the post.

Some followers did not agree that the Prime Minister should be using Social Media as a platform to share a personal message of this nature, and their replies we're a lot harsher.

Although there are no cut and dry rules for social media, most "regular" people share posts and personal information of this nature with their followers, so why can't politicians? In my opinion, it humanizes them. 

In addition, the 1998 death of Michel Trudeau was big news all over Quebec and Canada. I certainly have memories of watching the story on the news as a kid.

It felt as though all of Canada was collectively mourning Michel's death with the Trudeau family. That explains why this post resonated so strongly with Canadians and other Trudeau admirers around the world.


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