Legendary French singer Charles Aznavour has died at the age of 94, his spokesman has confirmed.
The singer, who was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian, sold more than 100m records in 80 countries across the globe.
He was often described as France’s answer to Frank Sinatra and attracted worldwide fame in 1974 with the hit ‘She’.
During a career spanning more than 50 years, Aznavour performed in over 90 countries and recorded more than 1,200 songs in seven different languages.
After a broken arm forced him to shelve tour dates in Japan last summer, Aznavour was due to return for a European tour this November – including shows in France and Switzerland.
Aznavour was also known for maintaining a close relationship with Armenia. In 2009 he was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland and also became Armenia’s delegate to the United Nations in Geneva.
Paying tribute on Twitter, French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer praised Aznavour for “embodying the French spirit”.
“Thanks to Charles Aznavour for so many musical and cinematographic joys”, he wrote.
“He embodied the strength of life in front of all happiness and in the face of all misfortune. He embodied the French spirit in its most universal dimension.”