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Johnny Hallyday dies: French singing legend succumbs to lung cancer aged 74 | Metro News

Johnny Hallyday dies: French singing legend succumbs to lung cancer aged 74 | Metro News

Johnny Hallyday dies: French singing legend succumbs to lung cancer aged 74 | Metro News
December 06
11:48 2017

Legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday – known as the ‘French Elvis’ – has died aged 74 after a battle against lung cancer.The singer’s wife Laeticia Hallyday confirmed the news in an emotional statement, in which she paid tribute to his ‘courage and dignity’.‘Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words without believing them,’ she said.‘But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us. He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity.’Celine Dion was among those who took to social media to pay their respects as news of his death broke.Lenny Kravitz was also among those paying tribute.‘Your friendship, sweetness and support are imprinted in my heart,’ he wrote.‘It is an honour to have known you and to have spent time with your beautiful family. Your soul is pure rock n’ roll. Repose en paix.’French President Emmanuel Macron joined those paying respects as he said that Johnny ‘brought a part of America into our national pantheon’.The singer – whose real name was Jean-Philippe Smet – was diagnosed with lung cancer in March – having previously faced a health battle in 2009 when he was admitted to hospital due to complications following a hernia operation and was put into an artificial coma.Johnny lived in London during part of his youth and became friends with stars including Sir Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart over the years. ‘I was very good friends with Jimi Hendrix, I knew Mick Jagger, John Lennon. Rod Stewart is a friend,’ he explained. ‘We’d all record in the different studios and meet for tea.”He sold more than 100m albums during his 50-year career, releasing his first single T’Amer Follement, in 1960 when he was just 16, having been inspired by Elvis Presley to forge a career in music.However he was equally well-known for his colourful personal life which included five marriages – including two to the same woman.Johnny and Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan were considered a ‘golden couple’ during their marriage which lasted from 1965-1980, but after they split he tied the knot with Elisabeth Etienne in 1981 – with that marriage lasting just two months and two days.

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