French singer Johnny Hallyday lost the battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 5, Reuters reports. Nicknamed “French Elvis”, the singer will be missed not only by his family and close friends, but also by countless fans all over the world.

On Wednesday, December 5, the French president, together with Johnny Hallyday’s wife, Laeticia, announced the passing of the singer, after a long battle with lung cancer.

“For more than 50 years, he was a vibrant icon,” French President Emmanuel Macron staid in a statement.

Laeticia sent a statement to Agence France Press, saying: “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 admitted to the hospital last month for respiratory problems. At the time, he was working on a new album and preparing a tour.

Celebrities have already sent their sympathies and shared tributes on social media.

“I’m very sad to hear the news that Johnny Hallyday passed away. He was a giant in show business…a true icon!” Celine Dion tweeted. She continued: “My thoughts go out to his family, his loved ones, and to the millions of fans who adored him for many decades. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.”

 

“Farewell Dear @JohnnySjh. Your friendship, sweetness and support are imprinted in my heart”, wrote Lenny Kravitz. “It is an honor to have known you and to have spent time with you and your beautiful family. Your soul is pure Rock and Roll. Repose en paix. “

Johnny Hallyday has been making music since the late 1950s. His first album, Hello Johnny, was released in 1960. The same year, he had his first hit, “Laisse les filles”. He has had a constant successful music career until the present time. His 2011 album, “Jamais Seul”, selling 100,000 copies in the first week.

Hallyday was the only non-Anglophone rocker to have a large international reputation.