Image copyrightReutersImage caption Hallyday broke from France's classic "chanson" tradition in the 1950s, starting singing rock and roll in French France's biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday has died from lung cancer, his wife says.
In a statement, his wife Laeticia said: "Johnny Hallyday has left us," the AFP news agency reports.
Reacting to the news, French president Emmanuel Macron referenced the title of a recent tribute album by saying: "There is a little bit of Johnny in all of us".
"He charmed them through the generosity you saw in his concerts: so epic, so intimate, in huge venues, in small spots."
Influenced by Elvis Presley, Hallyday broke from France's classic "chanson" tradition in the 1950s, starting singing rock and roll in French.
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