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French pop icon and actor Françoise Hardy has died, aged 80

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A post shared by Thomas Dutronc (@thomas.dutronc)While a cause of death has yet to be confirmed, Hardy revealed in June 2021 that she had been diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2018, following a lymphoma diagnosis in 2004, and said she felt “close to the end” of her life.As a musician, François Hardy broke out with the 1962 hit ‘Tous les garçons et les filles’, which topped the singles charts in her homeland of Paris and several other countries.

The following year, she clinched her second hit ‘C’est à l’amour auquel je pense’.Besides French, Hardy also performed in English, German and Italian.

François enjoyed her biggest English-language hit in 1968 with ‘It Hurts to Say Goodbye’, which went to No. 1 in the UK, as well as France.

She also drew the admiration of many fans and musicians globally, including Bob Dylan, who wrote a poem for her on the back of his ‘Another Side of Bob Dylan’ album in 1964.Besides music, Hardy also had a career in acting and modelling between 1963 and 1976.

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