France's biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday has died from lung cancer, his wife says. He was 74.
The singer - real name Jean-Philippe Smet - sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films.
He was made a Chevalier of the Legion D'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.
The French have simply called him "Our Johnny".However, outside the Francophone zone, Hallyday was almost unknown.
Influenced by Elvis Presley, Hallyday broke from France's classic "chanson" tradition in the 1950s, starting singing rock and roll in French.
Despite his success at home, Hallyday failed to crack the lucrative American or any English-speaking market, reports BBC.