French Icon Charles Aznavour Dead at 94 (video)

The French singer Charles Aznavour – often hailed as his country’s Frank Sinatra – has died at the age of 94.

Aznavour, who was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents, sold more than 100m records in 80 countries and had about 1,400 songs to his name, including 1,300 he wrote himself. He was sometimes described as the French Sinatra because of his stirring, melancholic style.

Over the years he recorded duets with the likes of Sinatra, Elton John, Céline Dion, Bryan Ferry and Sting, as well as the classical tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo.

Aznavour was very popular in Greece. He appeared in duets with Greek singers such as Nana Mouskouri and Aleka Kanellidou.

Mouskouri, who worked with Aznavour, described him as a “great master”, she will “never forget”.