PARIS (AP) _ French mime Jacques Lecoq, a well-respected teacher and practitioner of the art of gestures and action, has died, the school he founded confirmed today. He was 77.

Lecoq, who died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Jan. 19, wasn't the most famous French mime. Marcel Marceau and Etienne Ducroux were more well-known both in France and internationally.

But Lecoq was an important teacher, and many French and foreign mimes studied at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, which he founded in 1956 and which is run by his wife.

``Lecoq was a master. He was an inspiration,'' former French Culture Minister Jack Lang told the Le Monde daily.

Lecoq was buried in Paris on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife and four children.