Doctor: French rocker Hallyday will sing again

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 7:12 PM

A French doctor says Johnny Hallyday will sing again after an operation in Los Angeles that raised fears about the health of France's biggest rock star

"He is doing much better," Francois Zuccarelli, a doctor sent by Hallyday's insurance company to see whether he was fit to perform, said on France's RTL radio after seeing the singer in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

"The news is reassuring. He has come out of this critical phase," he said.

Doctors at Cedars Sinai hospital woke Hallyday up Monday from a medically induced coma he had been in since last week, his Paris-based press service said in an e-mail.

Doctors at the hospital had induced the coma following an operation last Wednesday to fix lingering back trouble from an earlier operation in Paris on a herniated disc.

"In any case, he will sing again one day," Zuccarelli said. "I'm not saying he is in good shape, but he is totally lucid and conscient and we even joked about his hospital bed."

Hallyday, 66, is in the midst of a multi-city tour in France. Hallyday has had a series of health problems this year, and had a cancerous polyp removed from his colon.

The insurance company Pont Neuf will cancel his concerts scheduled for early 2010, the Web site Lepoint.fr reported.