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    French singer Johnny Hallyday waves to fans attending a ceremony to promote his new album Jamais seul (Never alone) at the Virgin Megastore in Paris early March 28, 2011

    'French Elvis': Cancer Kills Rock and Roll Legend Johnny Hallyday at 74

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    Fans all over the world are sharing their condolences on the social media and mourning one of the most outstanding musicians in France.

    The legendary early rock musician died on Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer, his wife Laeticia told AFP.

    “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words without believing them. But yet, it's true. My man is no longer with us."

    Johnny Hallyday was born in Paris on June 15, 1943, and appeared on French television in 1960 for the very first time. Although he was not as popular outside francophone countries, he released about 100 albums, 18 of which went platinum. Dubbed a French national symbol, the rock and roll icon had the honor of performing France's national anthem, La Marseillaise, at the 1998 World Cup when it was hosted in France.

    Hallyday’s music was much influenced by Elvis Presley: he sold more than 100 million records during his career. Johnny Hallyday announced he was diagnosed with cancer in March 2017, shocking his fans.

    Today, the social media is stunned to learn the heartbreaking news.

    Celebrities and his colleagues are saying their last goodbyes and paying tribute to the legend in their Twitter feeds:

    People all over the web have shared their condolences:

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