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French rock star reportedly hospitalized in Los Angeles

December 12, 2009 |  2:20 pm

One of France’s most legendary rock stars, Johnny Hallyday, is in a medically induced coma at a Los Angeles hospital after he had a botched surgery in Paris, the Associated Press reported today.

Known as “the French Elvis,” the 66-year-old is expected to recover and be discharged next week, his publicist told the BBC. He had an operation in November to correct a slipped disc.

A spokeswoman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where Hallyday is reportedly recovering, would not say whether the veteran singer was a patient.

Police in Paris are investigating a Friday night attack on Dr. Stephane Delajoux, the surgeon who operated Hallyday, as he left a friend’s home, judicial officials told the Associated Press.

Spanning nearly a half-century, Hallyday’s music career is hardly known outside of Europe, but he has sold more than 100 million records and completed about 400 tours. He announced his retirement from performing in December 2007.

---Associated Press and Esmeralda Bermudez reporting from Los Angeles

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