Johnny Hallyday is dead: the idol with 110 million records sold disappears at age of 74

Johnny has conquered generations of French with his hits “Que je t’aime”, “Quelque chose de Tennessee “, ” Allumer le feu” …

With the death of Johnny Hallyday, on the night of Tuesday, December 5 to Wednesday at the age of 74, it’s a legend of the French song that disappears. The artist had become a living myth in France, having a very large audience who appreciated as much his personality and his sensitivity as his songs. His career is phenomenal, he recorded more than a thousand of titles, composed a hundred songs and sold more than 110 million records.

Johnny Hallyday is gone, said the wife of singer Laeticia Hallyday in a statement to France-Presse agency. She write these words without believing. And that’s it. Her man is no more. He leaves us tonight as he lived throughout his life, with courage and dignity. The artist, who died of lung cancer, was hospitalized for respiratory distress a month ago. After six days in the Bizet clinic in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, he decided to return to his home in Marnes-la-Coquette. Since his wife hadn’t communicated via social networks.

In the early 1980s, the singer went through a bad period. But from 1984, it’s his reborn. He met Michel Berger, the creator of Starmania, who composes him unforgettable titles like “Quelque chose de Tennessee”, of the album his Rock’n’roll attitude. Jean-Jacques Goldman also composes titles, including Laura, a song dedicated to her daughter Laura Smet, born in 1983.
The singer returned to grace interest the tabloids for its multiple connections.
In 1986, he separated from Nathalie Baye, and in 1990 he married Adeline Blondieau, daughter of his friend Long Chris. After a divorce, he married in 1996 with the model Læticia Boudou, his current wife. The public continues to love him. He did a concert on the Parc des Princes in 1993 for his 50 years and triumphed at the Stade de France in 1998. He collaborates with Pascal Obispo. Monument of French rock, he received in 1997 the knight medal of the legion of honor.
But Johnny Hallyday was holding out despite his excesses and health problems thanks to the public who loves him. In 2000, he celebrated his forty years of career. On June 10, he gives a free show to the Eiffel Tower in front of 500,000 spectators. In 2002, he released the 43rd album of career “à la vie , à la mort”, which sells to 1.5 million copies. It marks his return to the song after two years of break dedicated to the cinema.

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