French singer Charles Aznavour has died at the age of 94

The renowned vocalist died at his home in the Alpilles, according to French media. Aznavour had reportedly just returned home from a tour in Japan, where he had to cancel some concerts this summer due to a broken arm.

Even at the age of 94, the star still had a series of concerts planned in France and abroad towards the end of this year.

The performer, who was sometimes dubbed ‘France’s Frank Sinatra,’ was born to Armenian immigrants. He sold more than 180 million records during his career, and featured in over 80 films and TV movies. He also wrote or co-wrote more than 1,000 songs.

He was best known in the UK for his 1974 hit ‘She,’ and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2017.

The tenor also gained fame in the Soviet Union in the 80s after his song ‘Une vie d’amour’ (A life of love) to the music of Georges Garvarentz was featured in the Soviet drama ‘Teheran 43.’ Alain Delon also starred in the film alongside famous Soviet actors of that time.

Aznavour was attuned to the grievances of his ancestors’ homeland when an earthquake struck Armenia in 1988. The singer helped the country through his charity, Aznavour for Armenia, and dedicated several compositions to its people.

In 2004, the star received the title of National Hero of Armenia, the nation’s highest award, and was given citizenship. He also held the position of Armenia’s envoy to the UN in Geneva, and was ambassador to Switzerland since 2009.

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