Iconic 1960s French singer Francoise Hardy dies aged 80 after a long battle with cancer

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Legendary French vocalist Francoise Hardy has died astatine nan property of 80, her boy said connected Tuesday.

Thomas DuTronc said successful a elemental station to Instagram tonight: 'Mum is gone.'

Hardy, known nan world complete for her crystalline sound and melancholy lyrics, suffered pinch different types of cancer, including lymphoma and laryngeal, since 2004. 

She collapsed done astatine conscionable 18 pinch her first deed 'Tous les Garcons et les Filles' ('All nan Boys and Girls') successful 1962, and helped recovered the ye-ye movement, a pop-inspired taste activity that embraced British and American stone successful nan 1960s.

Hardy was nan only French creator to look successful a 2023 ranking of nan top ever singers published by Rolling Stone magazine. 

Legendary French vocalist Francoise Hardy (pictured) has died astatine nan property of 80, her boy said connected Tuesday

Since her diagnosis, her life was marred by illness, astatine 1 constituent being put successful an induced coma

Hardy, known nan world complete for her crystalline sound and melancholy lyrics, suffered pinch different types of crab , including lymphoma and laryngeal, since 2004

As 1 of nan starring taste icons of nan 1960s, she rubbed shoulders pinch nan likes of Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and Salvador Dali. 

On apical of this, she worked pinch songwriters including Serge Gainsbourg, Patrick Modiano, Michel Berger and Catherine Lara. 

She would regularly sojourn London astatine nan tallness of nan Swinging Sixties, and admitted that she felt acold amended successful nan UK than she ever did successful France. 

Hardy told nan Daily Mail successful 2011: 'From nan infinitesimal I went to England, I had much confidence. In France, nan image I had was of a awkward woman – a mediocre lonely woman and not excessively good-looking. 

'When I went to England I had different image. I felt nan journalists were overmuch much willing successful my looks than successful my songs.’

Beyond her songwriting, she was sought aft arsenic a model, pinch Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne some personally making outfits for her. 

she worked pinch songwriters including Serge Gainsbourg, Patrick Modiano, Michel Berger and Catherine Lara

Beyond her songwriting, she was sought aft arsenic a model

Hardy starred successful nan 1966 movie Grand Prix alongside Antonio Sabato (pictured) 

She besides graced nan metallic screen, starring successful a drawstring of films successful speedy succession, including Castle successful Sweden (1963), A Bullet successful nan Heart (1965)  and Grand Prix (1966). 

Her last movie was Claude Lelouch's If it had to beryllium done again (1976), successful which she played herself. 

Castle successful Sweden (1963). Then A Bullet successful nan Heart (1965) by Jean-Daniel Pollet and Grand Prix (1966) by John Frankenheimer. She appears concisely successful What's New, Pussycat? (Cliver Donner, 1965), 

Paris Match mag quoted her arsenic saying past twelvemonth that she wanted to 'go soon and quickly, without overmuch suffering'.

She was a starring advocator for assisted termination adjacent nan extremity of her life

Hardy grew up successful postwar Paris an anxious kid pinch a analyzable family situation, she told nan Daily Mail successful 2011 

She revealed her grandma perpetually undermined nan measurement she looked arsenic she grew up

As 1 of nan starring taste icons of nan 1960s, she rubbed shoulders pinch nan likes of Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and Salvador Dali

Since her diagnosis, her life was marred by illness, astatine 1 constituent being put successful an induced coma. Her life was saved astatine nan clip by a caller shape of radiation.  

She was a starring advocator for assisted termination adjacent nan extremity of her life, telling nan mag that it was 'inhumane' for France not to legalise nan arguable procedure. 

'It is not for nan doctors to accede to each request, but to shorten nan unnecessary suffering of an incurable illness from nan infinitesimal it becomes unbearable.'

She joked astatine nan clip that while she would've loved to person chosen to extremity her ain life, 'given my mini notoriety, nary 1 will want to tally nan consequence of being removed from nan aesculapian bid moreover more.'

In 1 of her past interviews earlier her death, she said nan 1 point she would miss was her son. 

She told Le Parisien: 'I deliberation supra each of nan immense sorrow of leaving my son, of causing him pain. 

'But I would overmuch alternatively dice than suffer prolonged unbearable conditions. And I ever person successful nan backmost of my mind nan thought that location is thing next.'

Hardy grew up successful postwar Paris an anxious kid pinch a analyzable family situation, she told nan Daily Mail successful 2011. 

Hardy rubbing shoulders pinch Mick Jagger successful 1967 (pictured)

Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy successful 1974 connected a manner shoot

The merchandise of a torrid matter betwixt a young female and an already-married man 20 years her senior, her parents raised her while separately - her mother worked agelong hours to put nutrient connected nan table, while her begetter seldom visited, though he insisted that her mother salary for Françoise to be convent school. 

She revealed her grandma perpetually undermined nan measurement she looked arsenic she grew up. 

‘She had told maine passim my puerility that I was disfigured and that I was nan worst animal connected earth. I was concerned I would ne'er meet anybody and that I would go a nun,’ she recalled astatine nan time. 

Tributes to nan iconic vocalist person already begun pouring in.

France's civilization minister, Rachida Dati, said successful a station to X: 'How to opportunity goodbye to her? Eternal Françoise Hardy, fable of French song, who entered, done her sensitivity and her melodies, into nan bosom of an full country. 

'I nonstop my warmest thoughts to Thomas Dutronc, her son, her family and her loved ones.'

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