French rock star Johnny Halliday has settled a suit against a doctor who operated on him before he fell ill in late 2009, a lawyer for the doctor said on Sunday.

"/> French rock star Johnny Halliday has settled a suit against a doctor who operated on him before he fell ill in late 2009, a lawyer for the doctor said on Sunday.

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Hallyday settles suit against surgeon

French rock star Johnny Halliday has settled a suit against a doctor who operated on him before he fell ill in late 2009, a lawyer for the doctor said on Sunday.

Hallyday settles suit against surgeon
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No further details of the deal will be made public, a statement from both sides said.

The 68-year-old rock legend underwent emergency surgery and was briefly put into an artificial coma in December 2009 in Los Angeles, after falling ill on the flight from Paris where he had a hernia operation days before.

He and his insurance companies sued the French doctor responsible for the original operation, claiming negligence and loss of earnings in the United States.

Halliday had undergone an initial operation at the hands of Stephane Delajoux, known as a surgeon to the stars, in late November 2009.

Days later, he was forced to undergo a second operation, on the eve of a flight to the United States.

The surgeon said he had warned Halliday against travelling so soon after his operation.

Hallyday is by far the best known rock star in France, with a colourful rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. He was born to a Belgian father in Paris but has homes in Los Angeles and Switzerland.

Known as the “French Elvis”, he has sold more than 100 million albums and played 45 major tours, selling out numerous stadiums.

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Posthumous Hallyday album sells 300,000 on first day

French rocker Johnny Hallyday's posthumous album sold 300,000 copies on Friday after going on sale at midnight, the late star's record company Warner Music France told AFP.

Posthumous Hallyday album sells 300,000 on first day
Fans of the late French singer Johnny Hallyday buy albums on Friday. Photo: FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP
Fans of the singer, whose death last year sparked a nationwide outpouring of emotion, queued outside record stores on Thursday night to get their hands on the album.
 
Warner, which said the sales figure did not include downloads from streaming platforms, had earlier predicted that “Mon pays c'est l'amour” (My Country is Love) would go platinum (100,000 sales) within minutes of going on sale.
 
Hallyday's 1999 album “Sang pour Sang” (“Blood for Blood”), sold two million after selling 230,000 copies on its first day.
 
Hallyday, who had been a star since the 1960s, died from lung cancer in December aged 74.
 
His death sparked a bitter inheritance feud between his two biological children, Laura Smet and DavidHallyday, and his last wife Laeticia. Laeticia Hallyday on Friday said she had been trying to negotiate with the pair.
 
“We are trying (but) it is complicated, because a lot of things have been orchestrated,” she told the TF1 television channel.
 
“There is a lot of hate, contempt, humiliation, lies, which hurts. It's difficult to hear, it's difficult to suffer that,” she added.