France’s biggest music rock star, Johnny Hallyday, has died at age 74 following a long battle with lung cancer.
The leather-trousered “French Elvis” sold more than 110m albums in a career spanning more than half a century.
The sad news was revealed on Wednesday by her wife, Laeticia Hallyday who 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. He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity.”
The news has saddened the entire country considering the number of tributes which have been pouring in from key personalities since it was announced.
Described as a giant and a true icon, music legend Celine Dion has also added her voice to celebrate the fallen music icon.
“I’m very sad to hear the news that Johnny Hallyday passed away. He was a giant in show business…a true icon! My thoughts go out to his family, his loved ones, and to the millions of fans who adored him for many decades.He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.”