France mourns death of 'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday

PARIS (Reuters) – Johnny Hallyday, whose death at 74 was announced by his wife and the French president on Wednesday, was a rock and roll giant in his native France, surviving drug use, family strife and near-death episodes to strut the stage for more than 50 years.

Known for his cowboy swagger, gravelly voice, abundant tattoos and leather biker jackets, the “French Elvis” had tens of millions of fans, above all in his native France, where he sold more records than any other singer.

Hallyday died after a battle with lung cancer. His wife Laeticia phoned French President Emmanuel

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