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Legendary French singer Francoise Hardy passes away at 80 after battling cancer for a long time in the 1960s.



Legendary French singer Francoise Hardy has sadly passed away at the age of 80, as confirmed by her son, Thomas DuTronc. Hardy was known for her crystalline voice and melancholy lyrics and had been battling cancer since 2004. She rose to fame at the age of 18 with her hit song ‘Tous les Garcons et les Filles’ in 1962 and was a key figure in the ye-ye movement of the 1960s. She was the only French artist to be included in a 2023 ranking of the greatest singers by Rolling Stone magazine.

Throughout her career, Hardy worked with renowned songwriters and musicians such as Serge Gainsbourg, Patrick Modiano, Michel Berger, and Catherine Lara. She also ventured into the world of modeling, with Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne creating outfits for her. In addition to her music, Hardy starred in several films, including ‘Castle in Sweden,’ ‘A Bullet in the Heart,’ and ‘Grand Prix.’ Her final film role was in Claude Lelouch’s ‘If it had to be done again’ in 1976.

Hardy’s life was marked by struggle and health issues, including multiple types of cancer and a near-death experience that led to her being put into an induced coma. In her final years, she became an advocate for assisted suicide, believing it was inhumane for France not to legalize the procedure for those suffering from incurable diseases. She expressed her desire to end her life on her terms to avoid prolonged suffering.

As a child, Hardy experienced a challenging upbringing, shaped by a complex family situation and feelings of insecurity about her appearance. Despite her grandmother’s constant criticisms, she found success as a musician and model, becoming a cultural icon of the 1960s. Her legacy lives on in her music, films, and contributions to French culture.

Tributes to Francoise Hardy have begun pouring in, with many acknowledging her impact on French music and culture. France’s culture minister, Rachida Dati, described her as an eternal legend of French song, whose sensitivity and melodies had touched the hearts of an entire nation. Hardy’s influence on the music industry and her lasting legacy as a cultural icon will be remembered by fans and fellow artists alike for years to come.

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