March 9, 2017 / 9:51 AM / 9 months ago

'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday says getting cancer treatment

PARIS (Reuters) - Aging rocker Johnny Hallyday, a huge crowd-puller in France and other parts of the French-speaking world, is being treated for cancer.

French singer Johnny Hallyday attends a ceremony at Place de la Republique square to pay tribute to the victims of last year's shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Hard-living Hallyday, 73, broke the news himself, saying in a tweet he was shocked by alarmist reports circulating on the social networks.

“Let me assure you I am doing fine and am in good shape physically,” he said. “It’s true that cancerous cells were detected a few months ago and I am getting treatment.”

The singer some call “The French Elvis” had a brush with death when back surgery went wrong in 2009 but recovered and returned to the concert circuit soon afterwards.

Reporting by Brian Love; editing by Michel Rose

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