French singer Charles Aznavour dies aged 94: spokeswoman


The songwriter, who had just returned from a concert tour in Japan last month, died in his home in Alpilles in southeastern France, according to his producer, Gerard Drouout Productions, and the French Culture Ministry.

The famed French singer Charles Aznavour, known colloquially as the "French Frank Sinatra", has died aged 94.

News of the singer's death generated an outpouring of grief and gratitude. He received the honor from President Reuven Rivlin, who spoke of his love of Aznavour's music, saying "La Boheme" was his favorite song. "Thank you, M. Aznavour", government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux tweeted. He had planned to tour again later this month, starting with a show in Brussels on 26 October.

"All I can do is live, and I live on stage".

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Aznavour's most notable track was the 1974 hit She, in which he declares 'the meaning of my life is she, ' and it spend three weeks at number one in the UK. "She says that herself - or else I would have shut my mouth!" But he was also an actor, appearing in some 80 films, notably as the title character of Francois Truffaut's Tirez sur le pianiste ("Shoot the Piano Player", 1960), in which he played a café-bar entertainer caught up.

Aznavour grew up on Paris's Left Bank, born to a mother who was an actress and a father who was a singer and also worked as a cook and restaurant manager.

After the devastating 1988 natural disaster that killed at least 25,000 people in what was then Soviet Armenia, Aznavour founded the charitable organization Aznavour for Armenia along with his longtime friend, impresario Levon Sayan.