French rocker Hallyday undergoes surgery

11th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

France's biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday underwent surgery overnight in a Los Angeles hospital to treat complications from a back operation, a spokesman said Thursday.

PARIS - "The situation is under control," said a statement from his press spokesman, adding that an update on his health would be released within 48 hours.

The 66-year-old singer was admitted to Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Monday, suffering from an infection that developed after an operation on a herniated disc in Paris on November 26.

"Doctors at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles have detected lesions resulting from the November 26 operation in Paris that required reparative surgery last night," said the statement.

Born Jean-Philippe Smet to Belgian parents, Hallyday was performing to huge audiences during a major tour, billed as his last, when he traveled to Los Angeles.

His "Tour 66" show was scheduled to return to the stage on January 8 in the northern city of Amiens.

Dubbed the French Elvis, Hallyday has sold more than 100 million records including a string of hits over more than four decades.

The singer had suffered several health problems since he was operated for colon cancer this summer.


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