The singer frenchman Christophe, who rose to fame with 20 years thanks to their song “Aline”, died in the night from Thursday to Friday in a hospital in Brittany (northwest of France) after a nearly 60-year career.
His family explained that his death was caused by a pulmonary emphysema for which he had been hospitalized in Paris since the end of march, before being transferred to another hospital in the city of Brest.
The French minister of Culture, Franck Riester, was one of the first to react to the announcement of his death with a message on his Twitter account in which he said that “with the disappearance of Christophe, the French song loses a part of his soul, but the blue-sweet-and-sour of their songs is indelible”.
The singer was actually called Daniel Bevilacqua and was born in October 1945 in Juvisy sur Orge, a city in the region of Paris on which it had been installed by his grandfather, an Italian emigrated to France.
With 16 years, Daniel Bevilacqua created your first group, Danny Baby et les Hooligans, and two years later began a solo career with the stage name Christophe, who caught on quickly thanks to the success of “Aline” in 1965.
At the end of that decade, became one of the rising stars of the French song alongside names such as Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Hugues Aufray, Eddy Mitchell, France Gall or Serge Gainsbourg.
His definitive consecration came in the 1970s, and this contributed to his image of “dandy” modern with his moustache and his mane blond.
Although he was not continuously in the first line, Christophe renewed his style during his maturity as an artist, and continued giving concerts and releasing albums. Their last album, “Les Vestiges du Chaos”, was released in 2016.
Received numerous recognitions during his career in France, as one of the awards of the Victories of Music in 2003, or the Legion of Honor in 2014.
With information from EFE