Charles Aznavour, iconic french singer, composer and actor, dies at 94

Charles Aznavour, one of France’s greatest singers, composers and film stars, has died. He was 94.

According to multiple media reports, the French Culture Ministry announced his death on Monday. A representative for the Culture Ministry has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

According to the BBC, Aznavour died at one of his homes in the south east of France.

Aznavour was perhaps best known for his 1974 hit, “She,” and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. He was also named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998. In a career spanning over 80 years, he released more than 1,200 songs and wrote or co-wrote over 1,000. According to The Guardian, he was regularly referred to as France’s Frank Sinatra. He sang for presidents and royal families at numerous charitable and humanitarian events.

He often sang about taboo subjects. His 1955 song “Apres l’Amour” was banned in France because it depicted a couple in post-coital happiness, while 1972’s “What Makes a Man” was about a gay transvestite. His singing partners included Sinatra, Elton John, Celine Dion, Sting and Liza Minnelli.

Apart from selling more than 180 million records, Aznavour also starred in 80 films and TV movies, including 1974’s “And Then There Were None,” as well as 1979’s “The Tin Drum,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.

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Annie Cordy and Charles Aznavour, Olympia, 1975. (Photo by PICOT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Charles Aznavour with Gilbert Becaud. (Photo by QUINIO/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
US singer Liza Minnelli and French counterpart Charles Aznavour embrace each other as they celebrate New Year Eve early 01 January 1991 in a Parisian night club. (Photo by Mary DENIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARY DENIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Charles Aznavour pouting beside Jacqueline Joubert on the set ''Meeting with'' (Photo by Gerard Landau/INA via Getty Images)
FRANCE - 1963: Charles Aznavour, singer, composer-songwriter and actor of French cinema, in Olympia. Paris, 1963. LIP-30030-443. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE - Airdate: January 8, 1966. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CHARLES AZNAVOUR
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: French singer Charles Aznavour performs on a television show in 1974. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
Charles Aznavour and Raquel Welch in Paris in 1976. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour (L) and French singer Mireille Mathieu sing on November 17, 1987 during the rehearsal of the TV show 'Le Grand Echiquier' in Boulogne. (Photo by GEORGES BENDRIHEM / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEORGES BENDRIHEM/AFP/Getty Images)
French actor and director Jean-Claude Brialy (R) shares a smile with French singer Charles Aznavour (C) and US actress and singer Liza Minnelli (L) in a restaurant, in Paris, 05 April 1986. Jean-Claude Brialy died, 30 May 2007 at his home after a long illness. He was 74. Born in Algeria in 1933, Brialy acted in some 100 films during a career spanning 40 years from his debut in 'Elena et les hommes' in 1956. A pioneer of the French 'new wave,' he also directed several films including 'Eglantine' in 1971. AFP PHOTO STR/ (B/W ONLY) (Photo by PIERRE VERDY / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
FRANCE - NOVEMBER 01: Charles Aznavour At The Palace DES CONGRES in Paris, France on November 01, 1997. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Charles Aznavour (Photo by Ron Wolfson/WireImage for NARAS)
Charles Aznavour et Liza Minnelli lors du diner apr� le spectacle du chanteur au Palais des Congr� le 30 septembre 1987 �Paris, France. (Photo by Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Charles Aznavour et Liza Minnelli dans la loge du chanteur apr� son spectacle au Palais des Congr� le 30 septembre 1987 �Paris, France. (Photo by Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
286121 01: French ambassador Francois Bujon de L''Estang, entertainer Liza Minnelli, and singer Charles Aznavour stand at an awards gala held by the French Institute/Alliance Francais November 19, 1996 in New York City. Entertainer Liza Minnelli presented the FI/AF's annual Trophee des Arts award to French singer, songwriter and actor Charles Aznavour, who has composed more than 1,000 songs and appeared in over sixty films. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 15: Singer Charles Aznavour performs at Palais des Sports on September 15, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 06: Singer and writer Charles Aznavour attends the 'Vivement Dimanche' French TV Show at Pavillon Gabriel on November 6, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Charles Aznavour receives a Honorary Walk Of Fame Plaque by Senator Kevin De Leon at the Pantages Theatre on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Charles Aznavour Awarded Honorary Walk Of Fame Plaque By Senator Kevin De Leon at the Pantages Theatre on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 3, 2017: French singer and composer Charles Aznavour looks on during a press conference on his upcoming concert in the State Kremlin Palace. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 19: (L-R) Nana Mouskouri, Bernard Thomasson, Stephane Bern and Charles Aznavour attend Nana Mouskouri gives the Greek Prize 'Nikos Gatsos 2016' to Charles Aznavour at Embassy of Greece on December 19, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 21: Charles Aznavour attends the shooting of French short black-and-white silent documentary film 'La Sortie de l'Usine' directed by Wong Kar-wai at the Louis Lumiere Institute on October 21, 2017 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Charles Aznavour is honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Charles Aznavour is honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Charles Aznavour is honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour adjusts his hair as he does a selfie with a fan on October 26, 2017 at the presidential compound in Jerusalem. - Aznavour was presented with The Raoul Wallenberg Award, bestowed by The Wallenberg Committee upon people who were involved in saving lives, as well as to those who dedicated their lives to human rights. The medal was awarded for the humanitarian work of the Aznavor family during the Holocaust when the family hid a number of people among them Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis in their Parisian apartment, while Charles and his sister Aida were involved in rescue activities. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / AFP) (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 21: Charles Aznavour attends 'Tribute to Charles Aznavour' at the Louis Lumiere Institute during 9th Film Festival Lumiere on October 21, 2017 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Charles Aznavour seen at the BBC Studios on May 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/GC Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 20: Charles Aznavour performs on stage at Gran Teatre del Liceu on April 20, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/Redferns)
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Aznavour was born on May 22, 1924 in France to Armenian parents who had fled Armenia’s genocide to start a new life in Paris. The Guardian reported that he left school at the age of nine to become a child actor, appearing in Francois Truffaut’s “Shoot the Piano Player.” During the occupation of Paris during World War II, he forged his singing career performing in cabarets as his family hid Jews and communists in their apartment while fighting with the resistance.

Aznavour was also an activist for the Armenian people. After the 1988 Armenian earthquake, he founded an organization with his friend Levon Sayan, and in 2009, he was appointed the ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, as well as Armenia’s permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva.

According to the BBC, the singer was set to embark on a seven-date tour across France and Switzerland starting in November this year.

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