Tributes pour in for late entertainer Charles Aznavour, symbol of ‘French brilliance’

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© AFP file photo | Charles Aznavour sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries.

Text by Louise NORDSTROM , Tracy MCNICOLL

Latest update : 2018-10-02

Charles Aznavour, the beloved singer, songwriter and actor who was often described as the French Frank Sinatra, has died in his home in southeastern France, his spokeswoman said Monday. He was 94.

  • Charles Aznavour, born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents in 1924, died at his home in the village of Mouriès, north of Marseille, France.

  • The actor, singer and songwriter had more than 1,000 songs to his credit and sold more than 180 million records during a career that spanned eight decades. He was set to begin a new tour in November.

  • Tributes poured in for the legendary performer, from French President Emmanuel Macron and French stars including actor and friend Alain Delon to international recording stars like Céline Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Quincy Jones and Sting.

  • The Eiffel Tower was lit up in his honour while fans gathered in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, for a candlelight vigil on the public square that bears Aznavour’s name.

Date created : 2018-10-01

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