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Hallyday emerges from artificial coma, speaks after LA surgery

French rock star Johnny Hallyday emerged from a second medically induced coma on Monday after undergoing surgery in a Los Angeles hospital and was speaking to family and friends, his spokesman said.

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French rock star Johnny Hallyday emerged from a second medically induced coma on Monday after undergoing surgery in a Los Angeles hospital and is speaking to family and friends, his spokesperson told AFP.

Hallyday, 66, was admitted on Monday to Cedars Sinai hospital to be treated for an infection allegedly caught during an operation for a slipped disc in Paris.

Doctors put him in a drug-induced coma on Friday in order to conduct two operations, sparking concern among his legions of fans.

A media frenzy heated up when the French rocker's producer quoted US surgeons as saying that a previous operation in Paris had been a "complete butchery" and his French surgeon Stephane Delajoux was assaulted in Paris.

Late on Friday, Hallyday's son said he had "positive news" on his father's condition.

Hallyday has had a series of health problems since treatment for cancer of the colon earlier this year, and was operated on in Paris for a back injury suffered during his latest farewell tour which might now be put on hold.

By far the most famous French rock singer, Hallyday has sold more than 100 million albums since he burst on to the music scene in the 1960s and played 45 major tours, selling out at stadiums.

 

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