Legendary French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour has died at age 94 in his home in Alpilles in southern France. Aznavour who had just returned from a concert tour of Japan last month, had to cancel several shows last year after breaking his arm in a fall.
Aznavour, once named “Entertainer of the Century”, by CNN because of his immense global popularity, was dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra. But unlike the American crooner, he wrote his own songs.
Born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian in Paris on May 22, 1924, to parents who had fled the genocide of ethnic Armenians, as the Ottoman Empire fell. Aznavour sold more than 180 million records in a career spanning eight decades and as many languages. Aznavour got his big break after World War II when he opened for the then rising French star Edith Piaf. She took him to America as her manager and songwriter while he worked on his voice, and urged him to get a nose job — advice he resisted.
The whole world extended sympathies on the sad occasion, including Pashinyan, Sarkisian, Serj Tankian, Bob Dylan, Emmanuel Macron, and many others. New York Times wrote a long biography and flowers were placed at his star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.