'France's Frank Sinatra' Charles Aznavour dies

Tributes have been paid to "France's Frank Sinatra" and "entertainer of the century" Charles Aznavour, who has died at the age of 94.
The legendary singer, who was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents, sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries.
He sang to sold-out concert halls until the end, having just returned home to Alpilles in southeastern France following a concert tour of Japan last month. Shows in Europe were also planned for later this year.Just last week, he reportedly told a French TV station that he would happily die on stage.
'France's Frank Sinatra' Charles Aznavour dies

Aznavour sold millions of records across the world
"I always go forwards," he said. "There is no backwards step with me. All I can do is live, and I live on stage. I am happy up there, and you can see that."Both the singer's producer, Gerard Drouout Productions, and the French culture ministry confirmed his death, with government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux tweeting: "Thank you, Mr Aznavour."
French President Emmanuel Macron was reportedly a huge fan of the star, singing many of his songs during karaoke nights with friends when he was a student, according to former classmates.In a tweet paying tribute, he said: "Proudly French, viscerally attached to his Armenian roots, known all over the world, Charles Aznavour accompanied three generations through their joys and pains."His masterpieces, his tone, his unique brilliance will live far beyond him."
Man who has warmed hearts of hundreds of millions of people for 80 years is not with us anymore. This is a day of sadness, a day of mourning in our country’s & people’s history: hero of #Armenia Charles #Aznavour has died. This is a universal loss. #NP— Government of Armenia (@armgov) October 1, 2018
In a career spanning more than 70 years, Aznavour recorded more than 1,200 songs, including She - famously performed by Elvis Costello in Richard Curtis's Notting Hill - and Formidable.He also appeared in dozens of films and in 1998 was named "entertainer of the century" by CNN and Time Online.
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