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Johnny Hallyday, France's rock 'n' roll icon has died, the French president's office said in a statement on Wednesday.

He was 74 years old.

Hallyday had announced that he was being treated for cancer last March.

"We all have a piece of Johnny Hallyday inside every one of us," a statement from President Emmanuel Macron's office said. "The public today is in tears, and the whole country mourns."

He is survived by his wife Laeticia and their two daughters, Jade and Joy; his son David from his marriage with famed singer and actress Sylvie Vartan and a daughter from his relationship with actress Nathalie Baye.

While the French Elvis was hardly known by many Americans, in the French-speaking world there was only one "Johnny."

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