French rocker Hallyday out of coma, talking

17th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

French rock legend Johnny Hallyday awoke from an induced coma and was talking to family and friends, a fellow singer who visited his bedside.

PARIS - Charles Aznavour said he had visited Hallyday at the Los Angeles clinic after the veteran rocker came round from a coma that he was placed in to ease his recovery from emergency back operations.

Aznavour told the television station iTele that Hallyday said to his wife Laetitia: "All right, let's go now," shortly after waking up.

"He's got some colour back. He is well looked after," Aznavour said. "We mustn't tire him. We have to give him time to recover."

The 66-year-old singer fell seriously ill on Monday last week and was taken to Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

Though little known abroad, Hallyday is by far the biggest rocker in France, with a colourful rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

Doctors put him in a drug-induced coma on Friday to help him recover more peacefully from surgery to deal with an infection, allegedly stemming from an earlier Paris operation to repair a slipped disc.

Over the weekend Hallyday's son David said his father's life was "out of danger."

Known as the "French Elvis," Hallyday has sold more than 100 million albums and played 45 major tours, selling out at stadiums.

He was due to resume his farewell tour on January 8.

He was born to a Belgian father in Paris but has homes in Los Angeles and Switzerland.


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