FRENCH stone star Johnny Hallyday has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer, his wife Laeticia revealed.
The leather-clad singer, who was dubbed the ‘French Elvis’, sole about 100 million annals and starred in a series of films during his 50-year career.
His wife, Laeticia, 42, expelled a distressing statement, saying: “Johnny Hallyday has left us. we write these difference but desiring them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us.
“He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with bravery and dignity.”
The thespian – genuine name Jean-Philippe Smet – announced in Mar he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
While he was never taken seriously abroad, Hallyday pennyless from France’s classical “chanson” tradition in the late 1950s, eventually headlining 50 major tours.
“He introduced stone and hurl to France. He’s one of the few singers about whom people contend that he’s an animal on stage,” publisher Philippe Le Corre once said.
“He’s utterly incredible. People of all ages like him,” he added.
He attempted self-murder in 1966, collapsed on theatre in 1986 and married 5 times, twice to the same woman, the daughter of one of his oldest friends and songwriters.