French singer and actor SERGE REGGIANI has died of a heart attack on Thursday (22JUL04). He was 82.
The CASQUE D'OR star, who appeared in 80 films, had a turbulent life that saw him fight a sustained battle against alcoholism.
French President JACQUES CHIRAC says of Reggiani, "He had a rare sensibility. He sang and embodied every emotion, every melancholy, every nostalgia."
Born in Italy in 1922, Reggiani moved into film with 1946's LES PORTES DE LA NUIT after a stint in the theatre.