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French 'Elvis' leaves Caribbean hospital for US

Friday - 8/31/2012, 3:19pm  ET

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) - French singer Johnny Hallyday is out of a Caribbean hospital and on his way to Los Angeles.

The 69-year-old performer whose glittery rock shows have led some to call him the "French Elvis," spent five days in a hospital on the island of Martinique. He was in the cardiac section of the hospital but sent a message to fans via Instagram that it was nothing but a case of "severe bronchitis."

Hallyday boarded a flight early Friday from the French island to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was then expected to travel to Los Angeles, where he has a home. He walked slowly to the airplane, unaided except by an umbrella for the rain.

The singer was first hospitalized Sunday in Guadeloupe, then moved the next day to Martinique.


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