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French Rock Star Johnny Hallyday Dies at 74

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France's biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday has died at the age of 74 after a battle with lung cancer.
French Rock Star Johnny Hallyday Dies at 74
06 December 2017

In a statement, his wife Laeticia said: "Johnny Hallyday has left us."

"I write these words without believing them. But yet, it's true. My man is no longer with us, she added, saying: "He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity," she said.

Hallyday, whose real name was Jean-Philippe Smet, was nicknamed the French Presley by his numerous fans.

He broke from France's classic "chanson" tradition in the 1950s, and began singing rock and roll in French.

The singer sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films in a career that began in 1960.

He was made a Chevalier of the Legion D'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.

Reacting to the news, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "across generations, he carved himself into the lives of French people." "He charmed them through the generosity you saw in his concerts: so epic, so intimate, in huge venues, in small spots."

Last modified : 06 December 2017

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