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President: French rock icon Johnny Hallyday dies at 74

FILE - In this July 4, 2016 file picture, French rock singer Johnny Hallyday waits before Christian Dior's Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2016-2017 fashion collection presented in Paris, France. The French president's office says Hallyday, who packed sports stadiums for decades, has died at age 74. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, File)

Johnny Hallyday, the French rocker icon who packed sports stadiums and was the country's top rock star for decades, has died at 74.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office announced his death in a statement early Wednesday, saying "he brought a part of America into our national pantheon."

Macron's office said the president spoke with Hallyday's family after the news. Hallyday had long suffered from lung cancer and had repeated health scares recently.

Hallyday's glitzy stage aura was clearly fashioned around stars like Elvis Presley and his musical inspiration came from the likes of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. Yet his stardom largely ended at the French-speaking world.

Macron said "we all have something of Johnny Hallyday in us." Celine Dion was among stars sharing condolences at the news.

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