Legendary French Singer Johnny Hallyday Is Being Treated for Cancer

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Johnny Hallyday on April 21, 2014 in Los Angeles. 

Johnny Hallyday, France's biggest rock star, has revealed he’s battling cancer, though he’s assured his many fans the situation is not life threatening. 

The 73-year-old singer tweeted that that he’s undergoing treatment and he’s holding up well. "I was actually screened a few months ago for cancer cells for which I am currently being treated," he wrote. "My life is not in danger today. I'm doing very well and in good physical condition."

The celebrated artist also took aim at “certain media outlets” for spreading “alarmist information” about the state of his health. “Modesty and discretion should still be observed in this sort of case, even if only out of respect for my own,” he wrote. 

Hallyday has struggled with a series of health problems in the past decade. In 2009 he had a cancerous polyp removed from his colon, and had an operation for a herniated disc in Paris. Later that year he underwent emergency surgery in Los Angeles for an infection allegedly contracted in the earlier procedure, a situation which interrupted tour dates and led to lawsuits.

Though his profile never quite took off across the Atlantic, Hallyday (born Jean-Philippe Smet) remains one of Europe’s most popular recording artists selling an estimated 80 million records over a decades-long career. His most recent album, the live set Rester Vivant Tour, dropped in October 2016.