Singer Johnny Hallyday, the ‘French Elvis,’ dead at 74

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French singer Johnny Hallyday, one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, has died after a battle with lung cancer, his wife has said. He was 74 years old.

His wife Laeticia told the French news agency AFP on Wednesday that Hallyday had died after a battle with lung cancer. “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us,” she said.

Selling more than 100 million records, he was one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Yet, despite his success, he was relatively unknown outside the Francophone world, earning him the nickname “the biggest rock star you’ve never heard of.”

His music career spanned more than half a century, during which he was also referred to as the “French Elvis.”

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