In Raimonian culture, it was traditional to hold a death celebration when a person learned that their death may be imminent. Gaspardal first met Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Stargazer during the death celebration of his father, the Primarch at that time.
In 2365, Gaspardal held his own death celebration and invited Picard to attend again. He wanted to tell Picard that he was going to terminate a mining contract that Raimon had with the Federation, but he was murdered before he had a chance to do so. Both Picard and Lord Tardol were at the scene of the crime and were initially blamed for the murder, but it was actually committed by the Primarch's daughter, Lutina. She wanted to be Primarch herself and wanted to keep friendly relations with the Federation. (TNG comics: "Return to Raimon", "Murder, Most Foul")