'French Elvis' ready to leave Caribbean hospital: manager

French rocker Johnny Hallyday on Tuesday played down the health problems that led to him being hospitalised in the Caribbean, complaining that "the media exaggerate everything."

Writing on the Instagram website, the 69-year-old singer thanked fans for their concern but added: "As usual the media exaggerates everything.

"I have only had a severe bout of bronchitis which I've had since my summer tour dates."

His manager Sebastien Farran had earlier told RTL radio that Hallyday was "doing very well" and would soon be heading back to France or to Los Angeles to complete his latest album, which is due to be released in November.

Hallyday, a heavy smoker who was initially reported to be suffering from heart problems, is undergoing tests in a hospital in Fort-de-France on the French Caribbean island of Martinique.

He was transferred there after being released from a clinic on the nearby island of Guadeloupe on Monday, having first being taken ill on Saturday during a holiday on the millionaires playground of Saint Barthelemy, where he owns a house.

The singer is currently in the middle of a marathon tour he started in May and which he is due to resume on October 11 with a total of 22 dates scheduled between then and December 22.

Hallyday nearly died in 2009 as a result of complications following a hernia operation and was forced to cancel the end of that year's tour.

Insurers who took a reported 30 million euro hit on that insisted on him undergoing rigorous medical tests before this year's tour and will be keeping their fingers crossed that the singer will recover sufficiently to complete it.

Hallyday has sold more than 100 million albums in a career that began in the 1960s.

Despite being a French national icon, Hallyday moved to Switzerland in 2007, becoming a symbol of an exodus of high-earners fleeing France's relatively high tax rates to neighbouring jurisdictions.

Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily entertainment updates.

Loading...
  • "Wireless key finder", penyelamat anda
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    "Wireless key finder", penyelamat anda 10 hours ago
    "Wireless key finder", penyelamat anda

    Adakah anda merupakan seorang yang pelupa dan selalu kehilangan kunci akibat terlupa di mana anda meletakknya? …

  • Gaya Muslimah berjiwa moden
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    Gaya Muslimah berjiwa moden Tue, Apr 22, 2014 5:31 PM MYT
    Gaya Muslimah berjiwa moden

    Wanita yang berlitup kini tampil dengan pelbagai fesyen terkini dan gaya yang lebih moden disamping mengekalkan ciri-ciri Muslimah. …

  • Tampil bergaya & santai dengan topi!
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    Tampil bergaya & santai dengan topi! Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:33 AM MYT
    Tampil bergaya & santai dengan topi!

    Gabungan pakaian musim panas yang menarik dan pemilihan topi yang sesuai, dapat menyerlahkan seri imej seseorang. …

  • Netflix to debut an original Spanish-language series in 2015
    Netflix to debut an original Spanish-language series in 2015

    Netflix Inc on Wednesday announced its first original Spanish-language television series, a bid by the video-streaming company to attract subscribers in Latin America and Spanish speakers in the United States Netflix said the series, a 13-episode comedy about a family feud among the heirs to a soccer club, is slated to premiere in 2015 and will be shot in Mexico. The series, which is so far untitled, will be produced by Gaz Alazraki, the director of the popular 2013 Mexican comedy film …

  • Five tips to protect your eyes
    Yahoo Newsroom
    Five tips to protect your eyes Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:50 PM MYT
    Five tips to protect your eyes

    Just like every other part of your body, your eyes need to be protected too. …

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.