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France’s king of rock Johnny Hallyday dies aged 74

While he was never taken seriously abroad, Hallyday broke from France’s classic “chanson” tradition in the late 1950s, selling more than 100 million albums and headlining 50 major tours.

Born on June 15 1943, he attempted suicide in 1966, collapsed on stage in 1986 and married five times, twice to the same woman, the daughter of one of his oldest friends and songwriters.

“There is something of Johnny in all of us,” the French presidency said in a statement on news of his death.

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