The French singer Daniel Lévi, famous interpreter of The desire to love, died on Saturday August 6 at the age of 60, his wife announced in the evening. Suffering from colon cancer since 2019, he succumbed to the disease. The funeral of the artist, born in 1961 in Constantine, will take place on Sunday at the Jewish cemetery Saint Pierre in Marseille, said Sandrine Lévi on the artist’s Instagram account.
Daniel Lévi, “it was a singular, powerful voice. Fights too: climate, caregivers, fight against racism, support for Lebanon, he never hesitated to commit himself so that the world becomes a little better, “said Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak on Twitter.
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Already the father of three children from a first marriage, he had his last appearance on social networks on the occasion of the birth of her fourth child. On July 15, a little girl was born from his union with Sandrine Aboukrat. The latter had announced Thursday on Instagram that ” time [était] account “ and asked to pray for her husband.
Incarnation of Moses in “The Ten Commandments”
Benjamin of a family of seven children, Daniel Lévi spent his childhood in Lyon and studied the piano for ten years. He began his career in the early 1980s with a first album, Cocktail which does not enjoy the expected success.
After several prestigious collaborations, such as those with Gloria Gaynor, who engaged him in the first part of his European tour, or Michel Legrand, who offered him to record songs from the soundtrack of the film Car park by Jacques Demy (1985), Daniel Levi took part in his first musical in 1991.
He interprets the roles of Frédéric Chopin and Alfred de Musset in the show Sand and the Romantics, written by Catherine Lara and Luc Plamondon. In 1993, he recorded This blue dreamthe cartoon song Aladdin from Disney. This duet with the singer Karine Costa, which makes him better known, will mark a generation.
In 2000, Daniel Lévi knows the consecration with the role of Moses in the musical comedy of Elie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo The ten Commandmentsand its flagship song The desire to love.
A final album last February
The musical is a triumph at the Palais des Sports for several weeks and on tour. The album sold 1.3 million copies, according to Universal Music France. After stopping the Ten Commandments, Daniel Lévi resumes his solo career and his compositions tinged with jazz, soul music, and French variety. In total, Daniel Levi has released six solo albums.
In 2019, Daniel Lévi announced that he had colon cancer during the show luxury show on Voltage radio station. A time in remission, he had been following a new treatment protocol since the end of July.
The singer released a new album in February 2021: Thanks to you. A very personal seventh opus, “that of a rebirth after a long fight against illness”described Elodie Suigo in the show Elodie’s world on Franceinfo.