Issued on: 17/04/2020 – 07:06Modified: 17/04/2020 – 07:06
The legendary French crooner known by his stage name Christophe died overnight Thursday of a respiratory illness, his wife Véronique Bevilacqua told AFP.
Born Daniel Bevilacqua, the beloved singer-songwriter was hospitalised and admitted to intensive care on March 26 in a Parisian hospital, before being transferred to the city of Brest in Brittany.
His wife and daughter wrote in a press release, "Christophe is gone. Despite the unfailing devotion of his medical team, he lost his strength."
"Words fail us today … and long speeches are futile," they wrote.
When Christophe was hospitalised, The French daily newspaper Le Parisien reported on March 29 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, which the singer's agent did not confirm one way or another. The familys press release made no mention of the virus. In a telephone call with AFP, Christophe's widow stated that the cause of death was “emphysema”, a respiratory illness.
Christophe shot into the spotlight with the 1965 release of the melancholy ballad "Aline”. His star power was undiminished for decades, with the release of such hits as “Les Mots bleus” in 1974 and “Succès fou” in 1983.
News of his hospitalisation and then his transfer to Brest had led to an outpouring of support on social media.
French Cultural Minister Franck Riester tweeted, "His words, his melodies and his voice transported us and moved us. Without Christophe, the French chanson has lost part of its soul, but the blue bittersweetness of his songs is indelible. My thoughts are with his wife and daughter."
Ses mots, ses mélodies et sa voix nous ont transportés, nous ont émus. Avec la disparition de Christophe, la chanson française perd une part de son âme, mais le bleu doux-amer de ses chansons est indélébile.
Je pense à sa femme et à sa fille. pic.twitter.com/AJUIr4peSk
— Franck Riester (@franckriester) April 17, 2020
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