RIP Frenchy Cannoli: Death of hash legend, 64, mourned by online community

Olivia Olphin July 20, 2021

It has just been announced that hash legend, teacher, and activist Frenchy Cannoli has passed away. News of his death was shared by his wife Kimberly on his social media accounts, as friends and fans take to social media to share their respects. We remember the work and extraordinary life of Frenchy Cannoli.

Meet the passionate cannabis activist

Frenchy Cannoli is well known in California as a ‘Master Hashishin’. He is a teacher, and producer, who transforms the cannabis plant into hash.

Cannoli was well known for equating his hashish making process to that of wine and wine-making.

The educator was born on 13 Dec, 1956 and was 64 when he died. Cannoli originally grew up in Nice, France, but quickly sought adventure and travel. He then committed himself to a nomadic lifestyle for over 20 years, travelling all over the world.

This included countries that produced hashish, specifically Morocco, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan and India. Cannoli used this time to learn from traditional producers and learn how to harvest cannabis resin.

After a long time he moved to California, and began to turn his passion into a business. He held seminars about hash production, as well as advocating for public education and legalisation.

Cannoli’s YouTube channel has over 43k subscribers, and he also has an impressive loyal Instagram following of over 181k people.

He was also previously a staff reporter for Weed World UK, and wrote various articles for the publication.

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Frenchy Cannoli’s death announced on social media

Frenchy’s wife Kimberly took to his Instagram account late last night to announce that the legendary hash master had passed away due to complications from surgery on Sunday. His death came as a shock to his family and friends.

She said: “His passing was unexpected and leaves his family with a gaping hole of emotion where his smile and energy usually filled us all so completely”.

The pair met in Pokhara, Nepal in 1980 and were married in 1997. They have been together for over 40 years.

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Fans and friends share their respects online

Fellow cannabis producer and company owner Michelle ‘Reefer’ shared her memories of talking and smoking with Cannoli.

She stated: “I am so sad by the news and all my love to my family and friends who are also feeling the loss of this very tidal wave of a man and movement and passion.”

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Others who are part of the cannabis community remembered Frenchy as a true pioneer of the industry.

We send our condolences to Kimberly and Frenchy’s family at this time.

Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.