Summary: French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned 80 years and who charmed fans around the world with his versatile tenor, lush lyrics, and dynamic stage presence, who was considered as one of France's most recognized faces and sang to sold-out concert halls until the end by restoring to a prompter only after having written upward of 1,000 songs by his own estimate, including the classic La Boheme, who was often compared to Frank Sinatra and started his career as a songwriter for Edit Piaf after the French chanteuse took him under her wing, whose fame ultimately reached well outside France and was named entertainer of the 20th century in an online poll by CNN and Time magazine in 1999, who sold more than 180 million records and whose movie credits including Francois Truffaut's 1960 Tirez sur le Pianiste (Shoot the Pianist), Volker Schloendorff's 1979 Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum), and Anton Egoyan's 2002 Ararat.
Cause of Death: Pulmonary edema
Born: May 22, 1924
Died: October 1, 2018
Location: Mouries, France