Johnny Hallyday, 'French Elvis', dies at 74 after cancer

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

Unfortunately, Hallyday could not replicate his success in America.

A walking monument, he had the star power to fill the 80,000-seat Stade de France and drew a crowd of more than 750,000 when he once held a free concert near the Eiffel Tower on France's Bastille Day national holiday.

French singer Johnny Hallyday gestures as he performs on June 2, 2013 in Bordeaux.

Celine Dion was among stars sharing condolences for a rocker with a famously gravelly voice who sold more than 100 million records, filled concert halls and split his time between Los Angeles and Paris.

In a statement, his wife Laeticia said: "Johnny Hallyday has left us", the AFP news agency reports.

His music and wild stage antics sparked rioting and hysteria, and the leather-clad, Harley Davidson-loving rocker soon became famed for his hard living and self-destructive streak as much as for his chart-topping albums.

Hallyday appeared in Johnnie To's "Vengeance" (2009) and had talked about giving film a bigger role in his life.

"There is something of Johnny in all of us", French President Emmanuel Macron's office said.

He made his first screen appearance in 1955 as an extra in classic thriller 'Les Diaboliques.' Hallyday broke out in France in 'Where Are You From Johnny?', playing a thinly disguised version of himself. By 1962, he had met the woman who would be his wife for years, and remained his friend to the end, singing star Sylvie Vartan. There is wonderful pathos in the scenes between Hallyday and co-star Jean Rochefort who plays a retired teacher, each man aching to live the other's life. He later went on to star in movies, including a part in French director Jean-Luc Godard's Detective. When Hallyday returned to Paris in 1957, he signed up for acting and singing lessons after watching Elvis for the first time in "Loving You". He is survived by four children.

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