French singer Johnny Hallyday dead at 74

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Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday has died after a battle with cancer.

The music star who has sold more than 110 million records during his career had been battling lung cancer.

Reacting to the news, French president Emmanuel Macron said "there is a little bit of Johnny in all of us".

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Hallyday's wife, Laeticia, 42, confirmed that he died at his home in Marnes-la-Coquette, west of Paris, on Wednesday, following hospital treatment.

"Johnny Hallyday has left us". Macron spoke to Hallyday's family after the news and said that "we all have something of Johnny Hallyday in us". He was popularly known as the "French Elvis Presley".

The "steel-eyed" singer first perform American versions of country songs and rock hits at the turn of the 1960s, became a star among young people in the golden "yéyé", before forging his own unique identity. Johnny in 1960. The following year while performing at the first rock festival at the Palais des Sports in Paris, he set off a near-riot that led to a ban on rock "n" roll shows for several months. In the span of his career of 50 years, Hallyday recorded over 1000 songs and topped the French music charts more than 30 times, Variety reported.

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Hallyday's 2001 concert at the Eiffel Tower drew a crowd as large as 600,000. After his parents split, Hallyday moved to live with his aunt, Helena.

"He introduced rock and roll to France".

French singer Johnny Hallyday speaks on stage during the Victoires de la Musique on February 12, 2016 in Paris.

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