Eurostars 🇫🇷 Twitter tribute to Johnny Hallyday
FRANCE – Jean-Philippe Léo Smet (15 June 1943 – 6 December 2017), better known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday, was a French singer and actor. He was married for 15 years to the Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan; they were considered a “golden couple” for 20 years. Hallyday completed 181 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and sold more than 110 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.
In July 2009, Hallyday was diagnosed with colon cancer, and underwent surgery. On 26 November 2009, Hallyday underwent surgery in Paris to repair a herniated disc. He suffered complications and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Doctors announced that they had put Hallyday into a medically-induced coma so they could repair lesions that had formed as a result of the surgery, and to relieve his pain. On 17 December, Hallyday and his wife started legal proceedings against Dr. Stephane Delajoux, who had performed the original surgery. The conflict was resolved in February 2012 following Delajoux’s vindication by medical investigators. Hallyday died of lung cancer on 6 December 2017 in Marnes-la-Coquette, near Paris, at the age of 74. French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute, saying he “transcended generations and is etched in the memory of every Frenchman”.
Hallyday was called “the French Elvis”. He remained largely unknown outside the Francophone world, thus earning the nickname “the biggest rock star you’ve never heard of” in English-speaking countries. Nevertheless, at an international level he was still considered the only non-Anglophone rock musician to have a large international reputation. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur in 1997. (source: www.wikipedia.org)
#JohnnyHallyday me parlait de ses idoles du blues avec une passion incommensurable a la sortie de son dernier album. Aujourd’hui il doit jouer le boeuf de ses reves🎼🎸
— Amaury Vassili (@amauryvassili) December 6, 2017
J’ai fait la première partie de sa tournée de stade en 2005, il était d’une gentillesse envers moi, refuse que je le vouvoie, se lève de table quand il me voyait arriver, s’est excusé auprès de moi quand un concert devait être annulé pour cause de mauvais temps #RIPJohnnyHallyday pic.twitter.com/P6XdLeTCKT
— Anggun Official (@Anggun_Cipta) December 6, 2017
Je n’oublierai pas son nom… un grand artiste nous quitte…. https://t.co/lEkT36ZEbH
— Natasha St-Pier (@Natasha_StPier) December 6, 2017
— Amir (@Amir_Off) December 6, 2017
I'm very sad to hear the news that Johnny Hallyday passed away. He was a giant in show business…a true icon! My thoughts go out to his family, his loved ones, and to the millions of fans who adored him for many decades.He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.- Céline xx…
— Celine Dion (@celinedion) December 6, 2017