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Infamous French rock band Noir Désir splits

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Popular French rock band Noir Désir, whose lead singer Bertrand Cantat is best known for beating his actress girlfriend to death in a Lithuanian hotel room, has split up definitively, the band's drummer has confirmed.


AFP - The veteran French rock band Noir Desir, whose singer Bertrand Cantat was jailed for the manslaughter of his actress girlfriend, has split up, its drummer said Tuesday.

"Noir Desir is finished," Denis Barthe told AFP, adding that he was speaking on behalf of Cantat and the group's bassist.

The split comes after guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay said Monday he was pulling out of the Bordeaux-based group that was formed in the 1980s and went on to become France's top rock band.

Cantat was convicted of beating his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant to death in a hotel in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in 2003. A Lithuanian court jailed him for eight years, but he was released on parole in 2007.

His ex-wife Krisztina Rady, with whom he had two children, hanged herself at her Bordeaux home in January this year.

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