“Johnny Hallyday, France’s rock ‘n’ roll icon has died, the French president’s office said in a statement on Wednesday,” CNN reports.
The story adds that Hallyday was 74 and “had announced that he was being treated for cancer last March, CNN affiliate BFM reported.”
France’s president Emmanuel Macron’s statement added, “We have a piece of Johnny Hallyday inside every one of us. The public today is in tears, and the whole country mourns,” CNN reports.
The story also explains that “While the French Elvis was hardly known by many Americans, in the French-speaking world there was only one ‘Johnny.’
Notes the BBC, Hallyday, “sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films in a career that began in 1960.”
The BBC news story also says that USA Today “once described [Hallyday] as ‘the greatest rock star you never heard of.’”
In this video that we found on YouTube, Hallyday performs at the Beacon theatre in New York in 2012 with Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones: