Johnny Hallyday: “Almost an angel”… his fight against cancer, his children, Laetitia… his last days told in a book

Johnny Hallyday: “Almost an angel”… his fight against cancer, his children, Laetitia… his last days told in a book
Johnny Hallyday: “Almost an angel”… his fight against cancer, his children, Laetitia… his last days told in a book

“The last days of Johnny”, a very moving portrait of Johnny Hallyday, written by journalist Anne-Sophie Jahn, is released this Thursday, May 2, 2024 by Grasset editions.

In 2017, at 74, devoured by illness and condemned by doctors, Johnny Hallyday is convinced that he will triumph again. The rocker believed he was immortal. These last moments are recounted by Anne-Sophie Jahn, journalist at Point in a book, “The Last Days of Johnny”, which is released this Thursday, May 2, 2024 by Grasset editions.

A “man who clings to life”

When he learned of his cancer, in September 2026, the doctors explained to him that he had 3 months to live. Johnny Hallyday then leaves on Zénith tour in the provinces, “he continues to live as if it were normal. He is a man who clings to life, who does not want to let go”, tells the journalist on RTL this Thursday. The rocker will finally live another 15 months, until December 5, 2017.

“Terrified of death”

On the scene, “he becomes this man again, who has an extraordinary voice, who delights his audience. He’s almost an angel”, describes Anne-Sophie Jahn at the microphone of our colleagues. His tour will end in Carcassonne on July 5, 2017, his last concert.

The author says that the singer has always been “terrified of death” and did not want to see his children Laura and David at the end.

“Protect your wife and daughters”

“Protect your wife and daughters” has been “an obsession until the end of his life”she underlined on RTL, evoking a “very complex couple relationship” with Laeticia.

The last days of Johnny, by Anne-Sophie Jahn, Grasset editions. €20. In digital version, €14.99. Publication this Thursday, May 2, 2024.
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