French rock star and actor Johnny Hallyday has died aged 74. The music star who sold more than 110 million records during his career had been battling lung cancer and was hospitalized on November 17 in Paris.
Hallyday’s wife, Laeticia, in a statement 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.’
Known as the ‘French Elvis’, he popularized rock and roll by covering hit songs by American stars such as Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane and of course, Elvis.