Drogba pays tribute to music icon Johnny Hallyday — EXTRA TIME

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 7, 2017

Johnny Hallyday, the French rock icon and occasional actor, has died from lung cancer.

"We all have a piece of Johnny Hallyday inside everyone of us", a statement from President Emmanuel Macron's office said. I write these words without believing them. "My man is no longer with us", said Laeticia Hallyday, 42, in a statement.

Hallyday's career spanned for more than half a century, filling up stadiums and selling millions of records. Dubbed the "French Elvis", Hallyday became a hero to France's youth with his music, his style and attitude in the 1950s and 60s much in the same way Elvis Presley, a huge influence of his, had done in the U.S.

The singer - real name Jean-Philippe Smet - was known for a while "as the biggest rock star you have never heard of" and his success in the French-speaking world was unmatched for years.

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The veteran rocker, who was planning a new album and tour, announced in March that he had been receiving treatment for cancer.

He was candid about his depression throughout his career, channeling the emotion surrounding his suicide attempt with "Noir, C'est Noirs". Since then, he has sold more than 100 million albums over the decades.

When asked the best compliment he could receive he once replied, "The show was good tonight".

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