Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94.

FILE – In this June 6, 2015 file photo, French and Armenian singer, songwriter and actor, Charles Aznavour poses in Cannes, southeastern France. Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
FILE – In this Jan. 23 2011 file photo, French singer Charles Aznavour is seen after he received the Scopus Awards of the French Friends of the Hebrew University, in Paris. Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

One of the Armenian diaspora’s most recognized faces and vocal defenders, he seduced fans around the world with his versatile tenor, lush lyrics and kinetic stage presence. He sang to sold-out concert halls until the end, resorting to a prompter only after having written upwards of 1,000 songs by his own estimate.

FILE – In this Aug.24, 2017 file photo, singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour appears at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
FILE – In this July 9, 2009 file photo, French singer Charles Aznavour performs during a concert at the annual Beiteddine cultural festival in the central Chouf mountains east of Beirut, Lebanon. Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

His death was confirmed by the French Culture Ministry. “Thank you, M. Aznavour,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux tweeted.

FILE – In this Dec.17, 2007 file photo, Charles Aznavour, a French singer of Armenian origin, performs during a concert in Marseille, southern France. Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 8, 1997 file photo, French singer and actor Charles Aznavour holds the Honorary Cesar award as he addresses guests during the 22nd annual Cesar French film awards in Paris. Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, FILE)

Often compared to Frank Sinatra, Aznavour started his career as a songwriter for Edith Piaf. The French chanteuse took him under her wing. Like her, his fame ultimately reached well outside France: Aznavour was named entertainer of the century in an online poll by CNN and Time magazine in 1999.

Source: The Associated Press

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