Monday 21 August 2017

'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday has cancer

Johnny Hallyday says his condition is not life-threatening (Jacques Brinon/AP)
Johnny Hallyday says his condition is not life-threatening (Jacques Brinon/AP)

French rock 'n' roll star Johnny Hallyday has said he is suffering from cancer, but insisted his condition is not life-threatening.

The 73-year-old singer, whose career spans more than half a century, issued a statement late on Wednesday after alarming rumours about his health emerged on social media.

Hallyday, whose real name is Jean-Philippe Smet, said: "I was actually diagnosed a few months ago with cancer cells for which I'm currently being treated. My life is not in danger today."

Often described as the French Elvis, Hallyday has suffered several health scares over the past 10 years but has kept performing on stage.

Renowned for his deep voice, glittering outfits and spectacular live shows, Hallyday released his latest album Rester Vivant - which translates as Staying Alive - last year.

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