A 76-year-old missionary from Quebec was killed during Japan's earthquake and tsunami.
Andre Lachapelle, a member of the Quebec-based Society of Foreign Missions, was in the hard-hit city of Sendai when the quake hit.
The organization has confirmed Lachapelle's death, saying he tried to return to his home a half hour drive away, but never made it.
A spokesman for the organization, Eloy Roy, says the circumstances of Lachapelle's death are unclear.
But Roy suspects Lachapelle may have been caught in the tsunami as he drove along a coastal route to his home.
Lachapelle later died of a heart attack in hospital.
Roy says Lachapelle was trying to return to his community to be with them in a time of need.
Foreign Affairs has confirmed one Canadian death as a result of the disaster, but won't provide any details and won't confirm whether the person is Lachapelle.
(The Canadian Press)