French singer Johnny Hallyday dies at 74
French singer Johnny Hallyday performs on stage during a concert held at the Liceo Great Theatre in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 08 March 2016. EPA-EFE/FILE/ANDREU DALMAU
French singer Johnny Hallyday sings during a commemoration ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of the unity march which had gathered over a million people in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher supermarket attacks, held on Place de la Republique in Paris, 10 January 2016. EPA-EFE/FILE/IAN LANGSDON
French rockstar Johnny Hallyday and his wife Laetitia arrive for the gala screening of the film 'Vengeance' by Johnny To, running in competition during the 62nd edition of the Cannes film festival in Cannes, France, 17 May 2009. EPA-EFE/FILE/CHRISTOPHE KARABA
Paris, Dec 6 (efe-epa).- French singer Johnny Hallyday has died near Paris at the age of 74, a victim of lung cancer, his wife said Wednesday in a statement.
The death occurred at his home in Marnes-la-Coquette, west of Paris, where he had been transferred from a Parisian clinic where he had been confined for six days, according to his wife's statement.
Jean-Philippe Leo Smet, the singer's real name, announced in March, on his Twitter account, that he was suffering from cancer and undergoing medical treatment.
"For the past few months I have been undergoing treatment for cancer,"said the French rock star in his account on the social network on Mar 8.
On November 17, he was admitted to hospital in an emergency for respiratory insufficiency related to his ailment. After his admission, Hallyday received a new session of chemotherapy.
In the official statement, his wife points says "he left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity."
Hallyday, born in Paris on June 15,1943, to a Belgian father and French mother, was a true mass phenomenon that published a hundred albums over a 57-year career and many of his songs achieved great success.
Known as the "French Elvis", Johnny Hallyday was always compared and admired in France as if he were Elvis Presley.
The father of French rock and roll and twist, he won 18 platinum albums since 1960 when he released his first single and first album,"Hello Johnny".
His rock and roll tunes include titles such as "Rester vivant","O Carole" and "Noir c' est noir, the French version of "Black is black" by Los Bravos.
In his concerts there was no shortage of "Requiem pour un fou", one of his hymns, or the lyrical "J'ai pleuré sur ma guitare".